Disease dynamics of the emerging fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans in fire salamanders (Salamandra salamandra)

Gwij Stegen
Faculteit Diergeneeskunde
Vakgroep Pathologie, Bacteriologie en Pluimveeziekten
Gwij Stegen was born on May 07th 1987 in Ukkel. In 2013, he obtained his degree of Master of Science in Biology: Environment, Biodiversity and Ecosystems, profile Herpetology at the Free University of Brussels with distinction. Driven by his fascination for amphibians, he started a doctoral research project in 2013 at the Wildlife Health Ghent research group at the department of Pathology, Bacteriology and Poultry diseases from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Ghent University. This doctoral study was financed by the Special Research Fund (Bijzonder OnderzoeksFonds) from Ghent University. Gwij Stegen is author or co-author of seven scientific publications and presented at three international conferences.
Academische graad
Doctor in de Diergeneeskundige wetenschappen
Taal proefschrift
Prof. Dr. F. Pasmans Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, UGent Prof. Dr. A. Martel Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, UGent
Prof. Dr. S. Croubels, Chair Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, UGent Prof. Dr. J. Dewulf, Secretary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, UGent Prof. Dr. L. Lens Faculty of Science, UGent Prof. Dr. P. Goethals Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, UGent Prof. Dr. R. Van Damme Faculty of Science, UAntwerp

Korte beschrijving

The focal organisms of this thesis are fire salamanders (Salamandra salamandra) and the fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans. The fungus was described for the first time in 2013 when a population of fire salamanders was brought to the edge of extinction. In this thesis, the first steps were taken towards understanding the impact and consequences of Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans presence on fire salamander populations.


Maandag 28 mei 2018, 17:00
Auditorium D, Salisburylaan 133, 9820 Merelbeke

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