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I'm a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology at Colorado State University. I use a variety of approaches to answer questions rooted in applied population ecology. My goal is to learn how a system works, and to provide information that helps managers and conservationists make decisions in an uncertain world.
I'm also an avid proponent of teaching, communication, and outreach and take advantage of opportunities to show different groups of people how complex, beautiful, and valuable our ecosystems are. Check out my outreach and teaching tab for more on this.
I grew up on a small vegetable farm in upstate NY, and knew from a young age I wanted to pursue a career in ecology. After attending Cornell University for my undergraduate degree and Montana State University for my Master's degree, I landed in Colorado to begin work on a doctoral project.
My dissertation research is focused on the boreal toad and amphibian chytrid fungus system in Colorado, but I'm more generally interested in applied research questions with a quantitative slant.
General research interests
My science is motivated by applied research questions, though the findings often have broad ecological implications. I use a combination of simulation, carefully designed field studies, laboratory experiments, and model-based techniques to make sense of complicated systems.
Amphibian disease dynamics
Amphibians worldwide are declining at unprecedented rates. An invasive fungus is one culprit that is doing damage in the Rocky Mountains. Though once common in Colorado, the state-endangered boreal toad has disappeared from many high-elevation wetlands coincident with the arrival of the amphibian chytrid fungus. My research identifies the factors that make some boreal toad populations more susceptible to disease than others, and also investigates how to detect the fungus where amphibians no longer exist.
Click here to see a .pdf copy of my CV.
S. J. Converse, L. L. Bailey, B. A. Mosher, W. C. Funk, B. D. Gerber, and E. Muths. "A model to inform management actions as a response to chytridiomycosis-associated decline." EcoHealth (2017). 14: S144–S155. DOI: 10.1007/s10393-016-1117-9
B. A. Mosher, L. L. Bailey, B. A. Hubbard, and K. P. Huyvaert. "Making inference using complex occupancy models with an unobservable state." Ecography (2017). (In press.)
B. A. Mosher, K. P. Huyvaert, T. Chestnut, J. L. Kerby, J. D. Madison, and L. L. Bailey. " Design- and model-based strategies for detecting and quantifying an amphibian pathogen in environmental samples ." Methods in Ecology and Evolution (XXXX). (Under review.)
B. D. Gerber, S. J. Converse, H. J. Crockett, B. A. Mosher, E. Muths, and L. L. Bailey. "Amphibian conservation direction in the face of chydriomycosis-related declines." Conservation Letters . (Under review.)
B. A. Mosher, V. A. Saab, M. Lerch, and J. Rotella. "Forest birds exhibit variable changes during a mountain pine beetle epidemic." Ecosphere. (In preparation.)
B. A. Mosher, L. L. Bailey, and K. P. Huyvaert. “Factors influencing the severity of amphibian declines in the Southern Rocky Mountains.” Ecological Applications. (In preparation).
OUTREACH & TEACHING
Read about Anura, the lonely toad, by clicking here.
Communication is the final step of the scientific method, and I take this step seriously. If our science does not become relevant to others, how can we expect to live in a world where nature is understood, valued, and preserved?
In addition to publishing findings and presenting at meetings, I strive to connect science with diverse groups of people, ranging from undergraduate students to policy-makers to children. I am a School of Global and Environmental Sustainability Sustainability Leadership Fellow, and also nearing completion of a graduate teaching certificate from Colorado State University, both of which have helped me develop as a communicator and teacher.
I have served as the primary instructor for a senior-level capstone course in Wildlife Data Collection and Analysis during CSU's semester abroad program in Todos Santos, Baja California Sur, Mexico.
I've served as a TA and partial instructor for the following classes at Colorado State University:
FW661: Sampling and Analysis of Vertebrate Populations
FW370: Design of Fish and Wildlife Projects
FW471: Wildlife Data Collection and Analysis