• Can We Prevent a Second Amphibian Pandemic?

    Photo of a juvenile Ensatina

    Photo of a juvenile Ensatina salamander. Photo credit: Tiffany Yap

    When the fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) was first described in 1999, action was not taken rapidly, and a global amphibian pandemic ensued. We have since found that Bd has...

  • Creating Projects, Uploading Data

    Preparing to Upload Data

    Creating Projects

    The first step to uploading data is creating Projects. We describe the Project creation process in the documentation and once created, actual tested samples (the “data”) may be added later or by a collaborator.

    Preparing the data

    To facilitate organizing...

  • Data Use Policy and information

    Data Use Policy and Information

    A necessary part of a project that solicits, stores and shares data is a clear understanding of the data sharing and use policy.


    The aim of the Amphibian Disease portal is to facilitate data sharing of chytrid disease presence and absence from...

  • Progress report on portal development

    Spring update on the Amphibian Disease portal: We are in alpha release with core features working! The beta version is in progress now. Most importantly we have outlined the framework for the portal, which is sketched out in a user’s workflow diagram.

    Workflow schema

    Here are...

  • The US takes action to ward off salamander disease crisis

    In an unprecedented wildlife policy move, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has come out with an interim rule that lists 201 salamander species as “injurious” to wildlife due to the risk of a pathogen (the chytrid fungal pathogen that is lethal to salamanders, Bsal) under the Lacey...