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Carly R. Muletz Wolz

Molecular Pathogen Scientist
B.A., Frostburg State University; M.S., James Madison University; Ph.D., University of Maryland

Carly R. Muletz Wolz is currently working at the forefront of disease ecology and functional microbiome research. She employs an interdisciplinary approach to improve understanding of host-pathogen-microbiome dynamics.

Wolz's projects include:

  • Identifying mechanisms leading to amphibian host defenses against pathogens
  • Utilizing museum collections to quantify amphibian skin microbiome change over time
  • Determining if Hawaiian native birds were preyed upon by invasive rats using microbial forensics
  • Quantifying primate milk microbial evolution

As a Skorton Scholar, she will continue to integrate methodologies such as microbiology, microbiomics, ancient DNA and statistics to make strides in answering fundamental questions that will impact our understanding of host-pathogen dynamics and help guide conservation policy.

Recent Papers: 
Muletz Wolz, Carly R., Yarwood, Stephanie A., Grant, Evan H. Campbell, Fleischer, Robert C. and Lips, Karen R. 2017. Effects of host species and environment on the skin microbiome of Plethodontid salamanders. The Journal of Animal Ecology. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1365-2656.12726
Muletz-Wolz, Carly, Almario, Jose G., Barnett, Samuel E., DiRenzo, Graziella V., Martel, An, Pasmans, Frank, Zamudio, Kelly R., Toledo, Luís Felipe and Lips, Karen R. 2017. Inhibition of Fungal Pathogens across Genotypes and Temperatures by Amphibian Skin Bacteria. Frontiers in Microbiology, 1551. http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2017.01551
Muletz-Wolz, Carly, DiRenzo, Graziella V., Yarwood, Stephanie A., Grant, Evan H. Campbell, Fleischer, Robert C. and Lips, Karen R. 2017. Antifungal bacteria on woodland salamander skin exhibit high taxonomic diversity and geographic variability. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, AEM.00186-17. http://dx.doi.org/10.1128/AEM.00186-17