Publications

Alexiev, A, Chen, MY, Korpita, TM, and VJ McKenzie. In review. Together or Alone: Evaluating the pathogen inhibition potential of bacterial cocktails against an amphibian pathogen. Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

Molly Bletz; Matthew Becker; Brian Gratwicke; Orlando Garcés; Andreas Hertz; Whitney Holden; Roberto Ibáñez; Andrew Loudon; VJ McKenzie; Laura Parfrey; Brandon Sheafor; Louise Rollins-Smith; Corinne Richards-Zawacki; Jamie Voyles; Doug Woodhams. In Review. Effects of captivity and rewilding on amphibian skin microbiomes. Biological Conservation.

McKenzie, VJ and A. Weier. Book Chapter, “Invasive animal species and disease ecology,” in The Ecology of Infectious Diseases: Methods on evolution, biodiversity, and environmental interactions. ACCEPTED.

Chen, MY, Alexiev, A, and VJ McKenzie. 2022. Bacterial biofilm thickness and fungal inhibitory bacterial richness both prevent establishment of the amphibian fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis. Applied and Environmental Microbiology  88(5).

Chen, Melissa; Kueneman, Jordan; González, Antonio; Humphrey, Greg; Knight, Rob and VJ McKenzie. 2022. Fungal-inhibiting bacteria on amphibian skin predict fungal infection and disease severity. Molecular Ecology 31 (7): 2140-2156.

Alexiev, A., Chen, M.Y. and V.J. McKenzie. 2021. Identifying fungal-host associations in an amphibian host system. PLOS One, 16(8), p.e0256328.

Mcdonald, J.E., Harris, R.N., Doonan, J., Carryl, S., Sze, M., McKenzie, V. J., and J.A. Gilbert. 2020. Host microbiomes and disease. In: Microbiomes of Soils, Plants and Animals: An Integrated Approach, Cambridge University Press: 122-153.

Song, S.J., Sanders, J.G., Delsuc, F., Metcalf, J., Amato, K., Taylor, M.W., Mazel, F., Lutz, H.L., Winker, K., Graves, G.R., Humphrey, G., Gilbert, J.A., Hackett, S.J., White, K.P., Skeen, H.R., Kurtis, S.M., Withrow, J., Braile, T., Miller, M., McCracken, K.G., Maley, J.M., Ezenwa, V.O., Williams, A., Blanton, J.M., McKenzie, V.J., and R. Knight. 2020. Comparative analyses of vertebrate gut microbiomes reveal convergence between birds and bats. MBio, 11 (1).

Kueneman, J.G, Bletz, M.C., McKenzie, V.J., Becker, C.G., Joseph, M., Abarca J.G., Archer, H., Arellano, L., Bataille, A., Becker, M., Belden, L., Crottini, A., Geffers, R., Haddad, C.F.B., Harris, R.N., Holden, W., Hughey, M., Jarek, M., Kearns, P.J., Kerby, J.L., Kielgast, J., Kurabayashi, A., Longo, A., Loudon, A., MedinaM., Nuñez, J.J., Perl, R.G.B., Pinto-Tomás, A., , Falitiana, C., Rabemananjara, C.E., Rebollar, E.A., Rodríguez, A., Rollins-Smith. L., Stevenson, R., Tebbe, C.C., Vargas Asensio, G., Waldman, B., Walke, J.B., Whitfield, S.M., Zamudio, K., Zúñiga Chaves, I., Woodhams, D.C. and M. Vences. 2019. Community richness of amphibian skin bacteria correlates with bioclimate at the global scale. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 3 (3): 381-389.

Song, S., Sanders, J.G., Baldassare, D.T., Chaves, J.A., Johnson, N.S., Piaggio A.J., Stuckey, M.J., Novakova, E., Metcalf, J.L., Chomel, B.B., Aguilar-Setién, A., Knight, R., and V.J. McKenzie*. 2019. Is there convergence of gut microbes in blood-feeding vertebrates? Invited for special issue in: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 374 (1777): 20180249.

West, A.G., Waite, D., Deines, P., Bourne, D.G., Digby, A., McKenzie, V.J., and M.W. Taylor. 2019. The microbiome in threatened species conservation. Biological Conservation, 229: 85-98.

Resasco, J., Bitters, M.E., Cunningham, S.A., Jones, H.I., McKenzie, V.J., and K.F. Davies. 2019. Experimental habitat fragmentation disrupts nematode infections in Australian skinks. Ecology, 100 (1): e02547.

Amato, K.R., Sanders, J.G., Song, S.J., Nute, M., Metcalf, J.L., Thompson, L.R., Morton, J.T., Amir, A., McKenzie, V.J., Humphrey, G., and G. Gogul. 2018. Evolutionary trends in host physiology outweigh dietary niche in structuring primate gut microbiomes. The ISME Journal, 13 (3): 576-587.

Prest, T.L., Kimball, A.K., Kueneman, J.G. and V.J. McKenzie*. 2018. Host-associated bacterial community succession during amphibian development. Molecular Ecology, 27 (8): 1992-2006.

Abarca, J.G., Vargas, G., Zuniga, I., Whitfield, S.M., Woodhams, D.C., Kerby, J., McKenzie,V.J., Murillo-Cruz, C. and A.A.Pinto-Tomás. 2018. Assessment of bacterial communities associated with the skin of Costa Rican amphibians at La Selva biological station. Frontiers in Microbiology, 9: 2001.

McKenzie, V.J., Kueneman, J.G. and R.N. Harris. 2018. Probiotics as a tool for disease mitigation in wildlife: insights from food production and medicineAnnals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1429 (1): 18-30.

Piovia-Scott, J., Rejmanek, D., Woodhams, D.C., Worth, S.J., Kenny, H., McKenzie, V.J., Lawler, S.P., and J.E., Foley. 2017. Greater species richness of bacterial skin symbionts better suppresses the amphibian fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis. Microbial Ecology, 74 (1): 217-226.

Bletz, M.C., Archer, H., Harris, R.N., McKenzie, V.J., Rabemananjara, F.C.E., Rakotoarison, A., and M. Vences. 2017. Host ecology rather than host phylogeny drives amphibian skin microbial community structure in the biodiversity hotspot of Madagascar. Frontiers in Microbiology, 8: 1530.

McKenzie, V.J., Song, S.J., Delsuc, F., Prest, T.L., Oliverio, A.M., Korpita, T.M., Alexiev, A., Amato, K.R., Metcalf, J.L., Kowalewski, M., and N. Avenant. 2017. The Effects of captivity on the mammalian gut microbiome. Integrative and Comparative Biology, 57 (4): 690- 704.

Thompson, L.R., Sanders, J.G., McDonald, D., Amir, A., Ladau, J., Locey, K.J., Prill, R.J., Tripathi, A., Gibbons, S.M., Ackerman, G., Navas-Molina, J.A., Janssen, S., Morton, J.T., Jiang, Lingjing, Song, S.J., Owens, S.M., McKenzie, V.J., Fierer, N., Fuhrman, J.A., Clauset, A., Stevens, R.L., Shade, A., Pollard, K.S., Goodwin, K.D., Jansson, J.K., Gilbert, J.A., and R. Knight. 2017. A communal catalogue reveals Earth’s multiscale microbial diversity. Nature, 551 (7681): 457-463.

Metcalf, J.L., Song, S.J., Morton, J.T., Weiss, S., Seguin-Orlando, A., Joly, F., Feh, C., Taberlet, P., Coissac, E., Amir, A., Willerslev, E., Knight, R., McKenzie, V.J., and L. Orlando. 2017. Evaluating the impact of domestication and captivity on the horse gut microbiome. Scientific Reports, 7 (1): 1-9.

Kueneman, J.G., Weiss, S., and V.J. McKenzie. 2017. Composition of micro-eukaryotes on the skin of the cascades frog (Rana cascadae) and patterns of correlation between skin microbes and Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis. Frontiers in Microbiology, 8: 2350.

Kueneman, J.G., Woodhams, D.C., Van Treuren, W., Archer, H.M., Knight, R., and V.J. McKenzie. 2016. Inhibitory bacteria reduce fungi on early life stages of endangered Colorado boreal toads (Anaxyrus boreas). ISME Journal, 10 (4): 934-944.

Rebollar, E.A., Antwis, R.E., Becker, M.H., Belden, L.K., Bletz, M.C., Brucker, R.M., Harrison, X.A., Hughey, M.C., Kueneman, J.G., Loudon, A.H., McKenzie, V.J., Medina D., Minbiole, K.P.C., Rollins-Smith, L.A., Walke, J.B., Weiss, S., Woodhams, D.C., and R.N. Harris. 2016. Using “omics” and integrated multi-omics approaches to guide probiotic selection to mitigate chytridiomycosis and other emerging infectious diseases. Frontiers in Microbiology, 7: 68.

Mischler, J., Johnson, P.T.J., McKenzie, V.J., and A.R. Townsend. 2016. Parasite infection alters nitrogen cycling at the ecosystem scale. Journal of Animal Ecology, 85 (3): 817-828.

Vences, M., Lyra, M.L., Kueneman, J.G., Bletz, M.C., Archer, H.M., Canitz, J., Handreck, S., Randrianiaina, R-D., Struck, U., Bhuju, S., Jarek, M., Geffers, R., McKenzie V.J., Tebbe C.C., Haddad, C.F.B., and J. Glos. 2016. Gut bacterial communities across tadpole ecomorphs in two diverse tropical anuran faunas. Science of Nature, 103 (3-4): 25.

Loudon, A.H., Venkataraman, A., Van Treuren, W., Woodhams, D.C., Parfrey, L.W., McKenzie, V.J., Knight, R., Schmidt, T.M., and R.N. Harris. 2016. Vertebrate hosts as islands: dynamics of selection, immigration, ioss, persistence, and potential function of bacteria on salamander skin. Frontiers in Microbiology, 7: 333.

Kueneman, J.G., Woodhams, D.C., Harris, R., Archer, H.M., Knight, R., and V.J. McKenzie. 2016. Probiotic treatment restores protection against lethal fungal infection lost during amphibian captivity. Proceedings of the Royal Society B – Biological Sciences, 283 (1839): 20161553.

Hyde, E.R., Navas-Molina, J.A., Song, S.J., Kueneman, J.G., Ackermann, G., Cardona, C., Humphrey, G., Boyer, D., Weaver, T., Mendelson, J.R. and V.J. McKenzie. 2016. The oral and skin microbiomes of captive komodo dragons are significantly shared with their habitatMsystems1 (4).

Avena, C.V., Parfrey, L.W., Le, J.W., Archer, H.M., Frick, W.F., Langwig, K.E., Kilpatrick, A.M., Powers, K.E., Foster, J.T., and V.J. McKenzie. 2016. Deconstructing the bat skin microbiome: influences of the host and the environment. Frontiers in Microbiology, 7: 1753.

Woodhams, D.C., Bletz, M., Kueneman, J., and V.J. McKenzie. 2016. Managing amphibian disease with skin microbiota. Trends in Microbiology, 24 (3): 161-164.

Holden, W.M., Hanlon, S.M., Woodhams, D.C., Chappell, T.M., Wells, H.L., Glisson, S.M., McKenzie, V.J., Knight, R., Parris, M.J., and L.A. Rollins-Smith. 2015. Skin bacteria provide early protection for newly metamorphosed southern leopard frogs (Rana sphenocephala) against the frog-killing fungus, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis. Biological Conservation, 187: 91–102.

Woodhams, D.C., Alford, R.A., Antwis, R.E., Archer, H., Becker, M.H., Belden, L.K., Bell, S.C., Bletz, M., Daskin, J.H., Davis, L.R., Flechas, S. V., Lauer, A., Gonzalez, A., Harris, R.N., Holden, W.M., Hughey, M.C., Ibáñez, R., Knight, R., Kueneman, J., Rabemananjara, F., Reinert, L.K., Rollins-Smith, L.A., Roman-Rodriguez, F., Shaw, S.D., Walke, J.B., and V.J. McKenzie. 2015. Antifungal isolates database of amphibian skin-associated bacteria and function against emerging fungal pathogens. Ecology, 96 (2): 595–595.

Kueneman, J.G., Parfrey, L.W., Woodhams, D.C., Archer, H.M., Knight, R., & V.J. McKenzie. 2014. The amphibian skin-associated microbiome across species, space and life history stages. Molecular Ecology, 23 (6): 1238-1250.

Loudon, A.H., Woodhams, D.C., Parfrey, L.W., Archer, H., Knight, R., McKenzie, V.J., and R.N. Harris. 2014. Microbial community dynamics and effect of environmental microbial reservoirs on red-backed salamanders (Plethodon cinereus). The ISME Journal, 8 (4): 830–840.

Peterson, A.C. and V.J. McKenzie. 2014. Investigating differences across host species and scales to explain the distribution of the amphibian pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis. PLoS ONE, 9 (9): e107441.

Woodhams, D.C., Brandt, H., Baumgartner, S., Kielgast, J., Küpfer, E., Tobler, U., Davis, L.R., Schmidt, B.R., Bel, C., Hodel, S., Knight, R., and V.J. McKenzie. 2014. Interacting symbionts and immunity in the amphibian skin mucosome predict disease risk and probiotic effectiveness. PLoS ONE, 9 (4): e96375.

McKenzie, V.J., Hall, W.E., and R.P. Guralnick. 2013. New Zealand mudsnails (Potamopyrgus antipodarum) in Boulder Creek, Colorado: environmental factors associated with fecundity of a parthenogenic invaderCanadian journal of zoology, 91 (1): 30-36.

McMahon, T. A., Brannelly, L. A., Chatfield, M.W.H., Johnson, P.T.J., Joseph, M.B., McKenzie, V.J., Richards-Zawacki, C.L., Venesky, M.D., and J.R. Rohr. 2013. Chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis has nonamphibian hosts and releases chemicals that cause pathology in the absence of infection. PNAS, 110 (1): 210–215.

Peterson, A.C., Richgels, K.L.D., Johnson, P.T.J., and V.J. McKenzie. 2013. Investigating the dispersal routes used by an invasive amphibian, Lithobates catesbeianus, in human-dominated landscapes. Biological Invasions, 15 (10): 2179–2191.

Kao, R.H., Gibson, C.M., Gallery, R.E., Meier, C.L., Barnett, D.T., Docherty, K.M., Blevins, K.K., Travers, P.D., Azuaje, E., Springer, Y.P., Thibault, K.M., McKenzie, V.J., Keller, M., Alves, L.F., Hinckley, E.-L.S., Parnell, J., and D. Schimel. 2012. NEON terrestrial field observations: designing continental-scale, standardized sampling. Ecosphere, 3 (12): 1–17.

McKenzie, V.J. and A.C. Peterson. 2012. Pathogen pollution and the emergence of a deadly amphibian pathogen. Molecular Ecology, 21 (21): 5151–5154.

McKenzie, V.J., Bowers, R.M., Fierer, N., Knight, R., and C.L. Lauber. 2012. Co-habiting amphibian species harbor unique skin bacterial communities in wild populations. The ISME journal, 6 (3): 588–596.

Saviola, A.J., McKenzie, V.J., and D. Chiszar. 2012. Chemosensory responses to chemical and visual stimuli in five species of colubrid snakes. Acta Herpetologica, 7 (1): 91–103.

Johnson, P.T.J., McKenzie, V.J., Peterson, A.C., Kerby, J.L., Brown, J., Blaustein, A.R., and T. Jackson. 2011. Regional decline of an iconic amphibian associated with elevation, land-use change, and invasive species. Conservation Biology, 25 (3): 556–566.

Johnson, P.T.J., Townsend, A.R., Cleveland, C.C., Glibert, P.M., Howarth, R.W., McKenzie, V.J., Rejmankova, E., and M.H. Ward. 2010. Linking environmental nutrient enrichment and disease emergence in humans and wildlife. Ecological Applications, 20 (1): 16–29.

McKenzie, V.J. and N.E. Goulet 2010. Bird community composition linked to human West Nile virus cases along the Colorado front range. EcoHealth, 7 (4): 439–447.

Johnson, P.T.J. and V.J. McKenzie. 2009. Effects of environmental change on helminth infections in amphibians: Exploring the emergence of Ribeiroia and Echinostoma infections in North America. Biology of Echinostomes: From the Molecule to the Community, 249-280.

McKenzie, V.J. and H.A. Starks. 2008. Blood parasites of two Costa Rican amphibians with comments on detection and microfilaria density associated with adult filarial worm intensity. Journal of Parasitology, 94 (4): 824–829.

V.J. McKenzie. 2007. Human land use and patterns of parasitism in tropical amphibian hosts. Biological Conservation, 137 (1): 102–116.

McKenzie, V.J. and A.R. Townsend. 2007. Parasitic and infectious disease responses to changing global nutrient cycles. EcoHealth, 4 (4): 384–396.

Torchin, M.E., Lafferty, K.D., Dobson, A.P., McKenzie, V.J., and A.M. Kuris. 2003. Introduced species and their missing parasites. Nature, 421 (6923): 628–630.

McKenzie, V.J. and J.N. Caira. 1998. Three new genera and species of tapeworms from the longnose sawshark, Pristiophorus cirratus, with comments on their modes of attachment to the spiral intestine. Journal of Parasitology, 84: 409–421.