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.


  • 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. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. (Accepted.)
  • 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:
  • 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.
  • K. A. Davenport, B. A. Mosher, B. M. Brost, D. Henderson, N. Denkers, A. Nalls, E. McNulty, C. Mathiason, and E. Hoover. 2018. Distinguishing the shedding and detection of chronic wasting disease prions in deer saliva using occupancy modeling. Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 56(1): e01243-17. DOI: 10.1128/JCM.01243-17.
  • B. A. Mosher, K. P. Huyvaert, T. Chestnut, J. L. Kerby, J. D. Madison, and L. L. Bailey. 2017. Design- and model-based strategies for detecting and quantifying an amphibian pathogen in environmental samples. Ecology and Evolution, 7(24): 10952–10962. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.3616.
  • S. J. Converse, L. L. Bailey, B. A. Mosher, W. C. Funk, B. D. Gerber, and E. Muths. 2017. A model to inform management actions as a response to chytridiomycosis-associated decline.  EcoHealth, 14(S1): 144–S155. DOI: 10.1007/s10393-016-1117-9.
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


  • 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


  • 802-656-3105
Office Location:

303G Aiken Center

Courses Taught

  • WFB 174: Principles of Wildlife Management
  • WFB 141: Field Herpetology
  • WFB 224: Conservation Biology