Fortunately more and more student are interested in amphibian conservation. Camino, has decided to do her final year degree work on the disease that is decimating amphibian populations in the Guadarrama Mountains.
Her work will be integrated into the annual mark-recapture campaigns of the Common toad in the Peñalara Massif. She will participate in evening field sessions, capturing specimens in permanent ponds where they breed, taking samples of fungal parasite load, recording their biometric data and individually identifying as yet unidentified specimens with a microchip.
Her work will analyse the inter-annual variation of pathogenic fungal burden of individuals captured this year for which there are records in previous years. The estimates of burden of Chytrid fungus will be made in the laboratory using quantitative PCR techniques.