Dr. Vance T. Vredenburg
Professor, Department of Biology, San Francisco State University
Research Associate, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology
Fellow and Research Associate, California Academy of Sciences
Vance Vredenburg is a Professor in the Department of Biology at San Francisco State University, Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences, and Research Associate at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at University of California Berkeley. He grew up in Mexico, received his bachelor's degree from UC Santa Barbara, and his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley. His Ph.D. research was the first to show it is possible to reverse the decline of a threatened frog in the wild. His approach has been implemented in montane areas globally. His current research focuses on the world’s Sixth Mass Extinction, specifically on the impacts of an emerging infectious disease (chytridiomycosis) on amphibians and the role of the amphibian skin microbiome in health and disease.
Curriculum Vitae (CV) available as PDF: 2-page CV or full CV
ORCID ID: 0000-0002-9682-1190
Adrienne is originally from Orange County and received her undergraduate degree in Cell and Molecular Biology from San Francisco State University volunteering in the Vredenburg lab for about a year. Her thesis focuses on a retrospective analysis on Bd emergence in the long-toed salamander in California. Her overall career goals is to study Disease Ecology, Animal Behavior in response to sexual selection, and impacts of disease on certain populations and their behavior.
Alan received his undergraduate degree in Ecology from University of San Francisco. His M.S. thesis focuses on the role of the skin microbiome as a mechanism of resistance against fungal pathogens in amphibians. He hopes to use this information to aid in conservation efforts of North American amphibians.
Alessandra Moyer studies the effect of the marine subsidy on California island salamanders. Previously, she worked on marine trophic webs at Point Blue Conservation Science in Petaluma, CA. She received her BA in Integrative Biology from UC Berkeley in 2015. Her honors thesis focused on the growth rate of post-fire fungi.
Gordon received his undergraduate degree in Molecular Environmental Biology from UC Berkeley. He is a member of the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology over at Cal, and has worked on AmphibiaWeb and GIS-related tasks for a few years now. He plans to use his databasing/GIS skills to investigate if life history traits, IUCN threat status, and range size of salamanders in Bd-epidemic regions may be related to their susceptibility to Bd infection.
Hasan graduated from San Francisco State in 2016 with a B.S. in Zoology and an A.A. in Philosophy. He hopes to graduate with his M.S. in Spring 2019 and pursue a PhD program with a concentration in herpetology. Hasan’s masters thesis adopts an integrative approach to assessing Bd dynamic on the island of Java, Indonesia
Helen Butler is interested in studying the dynamics of amphibian disease in human altered landscapes of mountain ecosystems. Her undergraduate research endeavors include involvement in a study at San Francisco State that estimates transmission dynamics of disease in relation to behavior in California salamanders. Also, she assisted on a study that analyzed the aggressiveness of urban and rural song sparrows in Virginia. Helen graduated with a B.S. in Biology from Virginia Tech in 2015.
Kurt was an undergraduate at SF State University. He is interested in studying amphibian conservation and is currently focused on studying the effects of dams on amphibian populations. In particular, he is studying how dam construction can lead to invasion of non-native species (of amphibians and amphibiian predators) and to isolation of remaining populations of native amphibians.
Alma is a Biology major with a concentration in Zoology. She is an SF BUILD scholar and is interested in conducting research in the ecology of emerging infectious disease in amphibians. Her long-term goal is to pursue a PhD and conduct meaningful research in conservation biology.
Monica graduated from San Francisco State University in Fall of 2017 with her Bachelor's Degree in Biology (Zoology). She's an avid animal lover who plans to pursue her veterinary doctorate in the near future.
René attends SF State as an undergraduate majoring in Cell and Molecular Biology and minoring in Chemistry. He aspires to learn more about Comparative Immunology and Infectious Diseases and hopes to pursue a PhD. René is committed to being a life-long learner.
Tai-Wei is a Zoology major finishing up her senior year and set to graduate by Fall 2018. Ultimately she is planning on becoming a veterinarian, working with exotic animals. Tai-Wei has been working with Newt doing museum swabbing of amphibians from the Island of Sulawesi, Indonesia and doing census work on salamanders in Marin county.
Former Postdoctoral Scholars
Former Graduate Students
Carla Sette, Sofia Prado-Irwin, Alicia Bird, Jon Young, Tina Cheng, Celeste Dodge, Andreana Lizethe Manzano, Silas Ellison, Cory Singer, Angel Jacobo Conde, Angel Jacobo Conde, Sam McNally, Stephanie Hyland, Gabriela Rios-Sotelo, Danqing (Stella) Shao, Meghan Bishop, Natalie Reeder, Kendra Ritchie, Shruti Chaukular, Jordan Greer, Eliseo Parra, and Heidi Rockney
Former Visiting Research Scholars
Dr. Jose Javier Cuervo
Former Undergraduate students
2017-2018: Monica Chee, Alma Barrios, Rene Gonzalez, Tai-Wei Chen, Stephanie Seng
2016-2017: Sarah Contreras, Sofia Kakaizada, Kelly Hyde, Michael Gibson, Stephanie Huynh, Nathaniel Estrada, Hasan Sulaeman, Monica Chee, Alma Barrios, Rene Gonzalez, Tai-Wei Chen, David Barratt
2015-2016: Jodie Esaki, Stephenie Huynh, Amanda Huynh, Joelle Dugay, Kelly Hyde, Hasan Sulaeman, Nathaniel Estrada, etc.
2014-2015: Helen Butler, Kirsten Inuman Liaz , Laurence Cyril Henson, Jodie Esaki, Jessica Feist, Zarina Sheikh, Dana Alazzeh, Samantha Lee, Wesley Sparagon, Karen Evans, Molli Bauke, Niquo Ceberio, Stephenie Huynh
2013-2014: Shruti Ajay, Bo Heinz, Linette Rasmussen, Jason Helvey, Mark Russell, Nina Hang, Laurence Cyril Henson, Kirsten Inuman Liaz, Niquo Ceberio, Corinna Inmann, Ivet Lolham, Mackenzie Beaschler, Margarita Montenegro, Michelle Davila
2012-2013: Lauren Gillespie, Lilia Torres, Cory Singer, Dominique Sevi, Mark Russell, Lauren Price, Christy Fox, Erica Ely, Nicole Solano, Mackenzie Beaschler, Robert Tom, Jason Anders, Kevin Gundred, Gina Geiselman, Alex Harencar, Laurence Cyril Henson, Lisa Gunter, Nina Hang, Amanda Carbajal, Bo Heinz, Corinna Inmann, Hanh Kim Pham, Hannah Louise Durbin, Ivet Lolham, Jina Kim, Jourdan McPhetridge, Karl Alicando, Pearl Pui Yi Tam, Shruti Ajay
2011-2012: Cory Singer, Matthew West, Mark Russell, Christy Fox, Lauren Gillespie, Rachel Perez, Rebecca Belloso, Marina De Leon, Lilia Torres
2010-2011: Cory Singer, Matthew West, Brennan Helwig, Eric Ng, Nadia Yuen, Farishta Safi, Wendi Solis, Noel Graham, Betsabel Chicana Romero
2009-2010: Christine Rogers, Melo-Jean Encinas, Kacy Hayes, Iulia Samachisa, Lilia Torres, Celeste Dodge, Cory Singer