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Gratwicke, Brian

Conservation Biologist

Amphibian conservation biologist based at SCBI in Front Royal. Primarily researching ways to mitigate the effects of chytridiomycosis on endangered Panamanian amphibians through the Panama Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project. 

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  • Brian Gratwicke is a conservation biologist and leads the amphibian conservation programs at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI). Brian’s focus has been on building capacity to conserve amphibians in Appalachia and Panama, developing outreach and educational programs and exhibits to build public support for amphibian conservation, and research to develop tools that will allow us to reintroduce amphibians back into the wild. 

    At SCBI, Brian collaborates with Panamanian conservation biologists and zoo partners to build an ex situ amphibian facility in Panama. The Panama Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project in Gamboa maintains and grows captive assurance populations of some of the species most heavily affected by the impacts of the deadly amphibian chytrid fungus. Brian focuses his research on developing applied solutions for the chytrid fungus threat, including research into the area of beneficial skin bacteria and identifying genetic traits associated with resistance to the disease. He also conducts research into emerging diseases and the effects of climate change on Appalachian salamanders.