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Autumn Holley earns her MS and is now pursuing a PhD

Autumn designed and executed an ambitious lab experiment with tree frogs examining the interactions between the skin microbiome, pathogens, and climate change in collaboration with two other Spokane-area colleges, Gonzaga University and Whitworth University. Her thesis was titled "Evaluating efficacy of anti-Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis probiotic treatment on Pacific chorus frogs (Pseudacris regilla) at current and modeled future climate change temperatures." Autumn was also heavily involved in the Biology Graduate Student Organization and ran multiple outreach events with kids where she showcased her adorable amphibian pet, Phil!

Because of her commitment to and excellence in research, teaching, and service, Autumn was awarded the Outstanding Biology Graduate Student in 2023! Autumn is now pursing a PhD studying amphibian disease and microbiomes at the University of Tennessee.

Autumn (left) with Jeni (middle) and fellow graduating lab mate, Jenn Perez (right), after Commencement in June 2023.

Autumn (left) and Krista Dodd working in the lab.


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