Assistant Professor

I was born and raised in New York’s Hudson Valley, where I spent most of my time outdoors on a family vegetable farm. I am excited to reconnect with the landscapes of the northeast after spending 8 years conducting research in the Rocky Mountains.

I am a quantitative ecologist who asks ecological questions about population demographics and distributions across taxa, systems, and scales. Depending on the research question, I use empirical data, laboratory experiments, computational approaches (e.g., simulation), or some combination of these to gain insights. I collaborate extensively with state, federal, and non-government conservation partners to generate inferences relevant to current conservation conundrums. Working with managers to design and interpret studies that directly impact conservation decisions is what motivates me as a scientist.

Publications

  • D. Grear, B.A. Mosher, K.L.D. Richgels, and E.H.C. Grant. Evaluation of regulatory action and surveillance as preventive risk-mitigation to an emerging global amphibian pathogen Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans (Bsal). 2021. Biological Conservation, 260, 10922. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2021.109222.
  • A. D. Wright, R. F. Bernard, B. A. Mosher, K.M. O’Donnell, T. Braunagel, G. DiRenzo, J. Fleming, C. Shafer, A.B. Brand, E.F. Zipkin, and E.H.C. Grant. Moving from decision to action in conservation science. 2020. Biological Conservation, 249, 108698. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2020.108698.
  • H.J. Waddle, D.A. Grear, B.A. Mosher et al. Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans (Bsal) not detected in an intensive survey of North American amphibians. 2020. Scientific Reports. 10, 13012. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-69486-x.
  • E. Muths, B.R. Hossack, E.H. Campbell Grant, D.S. Pilliod, and B.A. Mosher. Effects of snowpack, temperature, and disease on demography in a wild population of amphibians. 2020. Herpetologica Special Issue. 17 (2): 132-143. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1655/0018-0831-76.2.132.
  • B. A. Mosher, R. F. Bernard, J. M. Lorch, K. L. D. Richgels, C. L. White, D. A. Miller, and E. H. C. Grant. Successful molecular detection studies require clear communication among diverse research partners. 2020. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. 18(1), 43-51. DOI: https://doi-org/10.1002/fee.2141.
  • Russell, R.E., Halstead, B.J., Mosher, B.A., Muths, E., Adams, M.J., Grant, E.H., Fisher, R.N., Kleeman, P.M., Backlin, A.R., Pearl, C.A. and Honeycutt, R.K.. Effects of amphibian chytrid fungus on apparent survival of frogs and toads of the western USA. 2019. Biological Conservation. 236: 296-304. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2019.05.017.
  • B. A. Mosher, A. B. Brand, A. N. M. Wiewel, D. A. W. Miller, M. J. Gray, D. L. Miller and E. H. C. Grant. 2019. Estimating occurrence, prevalence, and detection of amphibian pathogens: insights from occupancy models. Journal of Wildlife Diseases. 55(3): 563-575. DOI: 10.7589/2018-02-042.
  • B. A. Mosher, K. P. Huyvaert, and L. L. Bailey. 2018. Beyond the swab: ecosystem sampling to understand the persistence of an amphibian pathogen. Oecologia, 188(1): 319-330. DOI: 10.1007/s00442-018-4167-6.
  • B. M. Brost, B. A. Mosher, and K. A. Davenport. 2018. A model-based solution for observational errors in clinical studies. Molecular Ecology Resources, 18:580-589. DOI: 10.1111/1755-0998.12765.
  • B. D. Gerber, S. J. Converse, H. J. Crockett, B. A. Mosher, E. Muths, and L. L. Bailey. 2018. Identifying species conservation strategies to reduce disease-associated declines. Conservation Letters, 11(2): 1-10. DOI: 10.1111/conl.12393.
  • B. A. Mosher, L. L. Bailey, and K. P. Huyvaert. 2018. Host-pathogen metapopulation dynamics suggest high elevation refugia for boreal toads. Ecological Applications, 28(4): 928-937. DOI: 10.1002/eap.1699.
  • B. A. Mosher, L. L. Bailey, B. A. Hubbard, and K. P. Huyvaert. 2018. Making inference using complex occupancy models with an unobservable state.  Ecography, 41(1): 32-39. DOI: 10.1111/ecog.02849.
Brittany Mosher

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Instructional program: Wildlife and Fisheries Biology
Research: Disease and population ecology, quantitative ecology, conservation decision-making, herpetology, conservation biology

Education

  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Pennsylvania State University and USGS Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative, 2017-2019
  • Ph.D. Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, Colorado State University, 2017
  • M.S. Fish and Wildlife Management, Montana State University, 2011
  • B.S. Natural Resources, Cornell University, 2009

Contact

Phone:
  • 802-656-3105
Office Location:

308B Aiken Center

Courses Taught

  • NR 103: Ecology, Ecosystems and Environment
  • WFB 174: Principles of Wildlife Management
  • WFB 141: Field Herpetology
  • WFB 224: Conservation Biology