Department of Biology: College of Sciences

Dr. Savage’s research program investigates the evolutionary processes driving infectious diseases of amphibians and reptiles, with an emphasis on host and pathogen genomic changes that alter disease virulence and drive population outcomes. The Savage lab works on a number of disease systems relevant to the IRL and adjacent terrestrial habitats, including chytridiomycosis and Ranavirus in frogs, fibropapillomatosis in sea turtles, upper respiratory tract disease in gopher tortoises, and microbial pathogens in Florida scrub jays.