Kevin P. Mulder is a visiting researcher at the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute's Center for Conservation Genomics. He is broadly interested in studying the many different levels of reptile and amphibian biodiversity using evolutionary theory and genetic tools.
Mulder is currently sequencing immune genes in several species of leopard frogs suffering from the fungal disease chytridiomycosis. He hopes that this data can be used for conservation management in both captive and wild populations, and help frogs survive this devastating pathogen.
Mulder's projects include:
- Characterizing immune genetic variation in leopard frogs infected with fungal pathogens
- Understanding the genetic background of the transition to live-birth in fire salamanders in Northern Spain
Mulder KP, Walde AD, Boarman WI, Woodman AP, Latch EK, Fleischer RC. 2017. No paternal genetic integration in desert tortoises (Gopherus agassizii) following translocation into an existing population. Biological Conservation, (210) 318-324.