About Me

Lauren Ash

I am a third year PhD candidate at the University of Vermont and am interested in how certain temporal and spatial factors influence the transmission of amphibian disease, specifically the ranavirus. I am working with my advisor Dr. Nicholas Gotelli and with the support of my current and previous labmates: Andrew Nguyen, Amanda Northrop, and Lindsey Pett.

My Career

Ranavirus tolerance and resistance experiment

I collected 4 Wood Frog egg masses from 10 sites and will experimentally infect 5 tadpoles per egg mass (5 controls) to determine if there are differences in how populations respond to ranavirus

May-June 2018
Experimental infection

Amphibian tissue collection

I collected toe and tail tissue from 29 sites around Vermont (two time points).

July and Aug. 2017
Field work

Amphibian tissue collection

I finished my first field season where I collected toe and tail tissue from 18 sites (7 time points) around Vermont.

May-Aug. 2016
Field work

Started at the University of Vermont

I started my journey to obtain my doctorate degree at the University of Vermont, advised by Dr. Nicholas Gotelli.

Aug. 2015
PhD student

Graduated from University College London

I graduated UCL with a Master of Research in Biodiversity, Evolution, and Conservation, completing two species distribution modeling projects during that time.

Sep. 2014

Graduated from University of Florida

I graduated from UF with a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation.

May 2012

My Skills



Species Distribution Modeling


DNA isolation



My Projects

Infectious Diseases

The ranavirus is an amphibian disease causing mass die-offs across the world. It has yet to be documented naturally in Vermont, which is what my research focuses on.

Liatris novae-angliae

Liatris-novae angliae is a rare flower endemic to New England. I have been working on comparing historic and present occurrences using data from the Natural Heritage programs of various states.