Carly Muletz Wolz

Photo of Carly Muletz Wolz Molecular Pathogen Scientist
Smithsonian Institution
Email: muletzc@si.edu
Phone: 202-633-3329

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Research Disciplines: Research Interests:

Microbiome, Amphibians, Chytrid, Disease, Bacteria, Fungi, Health, Batrachochytrium, Salamanders

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Biographical Sketch

Carly R. Muletz Wolz is a microbial ecologist and salamander biologist. Her research focuses on understanding the context of why some microbes cause harm, while others are beneficial – particularly in the amphibian-chytrid disease system. She applies microbiology, molecular biology, ancient DNA and statistical methods in field and lab studies to improve understanding of host-pathogen-microbiome dynamics. Dr. Muletz Wolz’s findings help guide conservation action and address fundamental questions in host-microbial ecology and evolution.

Muletz Wolz’s projects include:

  • Identifying mechanisms leading to amphibian host defenses against pathogens
  • Determining if birds were preyed upon by invasive rats using microbial forensics
  • Quantifying microbial and mammalian co-diversification in mammal milks
  • Identifying relationships between gut microbiomes and animal health in zoo populations
Muletz Wolz uses an interdisciplinary approach to address important topics in wildlife conservation and microbial ecology. She believes it is critical that we understand the balance between health and diseases and use that information to tackle the causes of disease and save species. The introduction of pathogens into naïve wildlife communities, such as viral and fungal pathogens, is one of the greatest threats to biodiversity. Likewise, non-infectious diseases are also emerging across the modern world, which include genetic and autoimmune disorders. Infectious and non-infectious diseases impact the health and well-being of wild animals, zoo animals and ex situ animal populations. Host microbiomes often play a critical role in disease outcome, and Dr. Muletz Wolz studies how we may be able to use microbiomes to tackle disease issues. Dr. Muletz Wolz takes a holistic view of host organisms by considering their genes, microbiomes, and their environment with the goal to improve their health.

 


Education

Muletz Wolz obtained her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Spanish language and literature from Frostburg State University, her Master of Science in Biology from James Madison University and her doctorate in Biological Sciences from the University of Maryland.


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