Thomas S. Jenkinson, Ph.D. Faculty Profile

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Thomas  S.  Jenkinson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Department of Biological Sciences

Dr. Jenkinson specializes in disease evolution and conservation biology. His lab studies newly emerging wildlife diseases including the amphibian-killing disease chytridiomycosis. This research integrates field ecology, population genetic sequencing, and infection experiments to track pathogen evolution in nature.

Conservation Biology, Molecular Ecology, Genetics, Mycology, Herpetology

  • Ph.D., University of Michigan
  • M.S., San Francisco State University
  • B.S., Oregon State University

Not teaching this semester.

Recent Publications:

Jenkinson, T.S. Pathogenesis: How a killer fungus targets its host. Current Biology 32(12) (2022)

Todd, B. D., Jenkinson, T. S., Escalona, M., Beraut, E., Nguyen, O., Sahasrabudhe, R., Scott, P. A., Toffelmier, E., Wang, I. J. and H. B. Shaffer. Reference genome of the northwestern pond turtle, Actinemys marmorata. Journal of Heredity 113 (2022)

Lambertini, C., Becker, C. G., Belasen, A. M., Valencia-Aguilar, A., Nunes-de-Almeida, C. H. L., Betancourt Román, C. M., Rodriguez, D., da Silva Leite, D., Oliveira, I. S., Gasparini, J. L. R., Ruggeri, J., Mott, T., Jenkinson, T. S., James, T. Y., Zamudio, K. R. and L. F. Toledo. Biotic and abiotic determinants of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis infections in amphibians of the Brazilian Atlantic Forest. Fungal Ecology 49 (2021)

Ruthsatz, K., Lyra, M. L., Lambertini, C., Belasen, A. M., Jenkinson, T. S., da Silva Leite, D., Becker, C. G., Haddad, C. F. B., James, T. Y., Zamudio, K. R., Toledo, L. F. and M. Vences. Skin microbiome correlates with bioclimate and Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis infection intensity in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest treefrogs. Scientific Reports 10 (2020)

Burrowes, P. A., James, T. Y., Jenkinson, T. S. and I. De la Riva. Genetic analysis of post-epizootic amphibian chytrid strains in Bolivia: Adding a piece to the puzzle. Transboundary and Emerging Diseases 67(5) (2020)

Samarasinghe, H., You, M., Jenkinson, T. S., Xu, J. and T. Y. James. Hybridization facilitates adaptive evolution in two major fungal pathogens. Genes 11 (2020)

Hernández-Gómez, O., Byrne, A. Q., Gunderson, A. R. Jenkinson, T. S., Noss, C. F., Rothstein, A. P., Womack, M. C. and E. B. Rosenblum. Invasive vegetation affects amphibian skin microbiota and body condition. PeerJ 8 (2020)

Ribeiro, L. P., Carvalho, T., Becker, C. G., Jenkinson, T. S., Da Silva Leite, D., James, T. Y., Greenspan, S. E. and L. F. Toledo. Bullfrog farms release virulent zoospores of the frog-killing fungus into the natural environment. Scientific Reports 9 (2019)

Becker, C. G., Bletz, M. C., Greenspan, S. E., Rodriguez, D., Lambertini, C., Jenkinson, T. S., Guimarães, P. R., Assis, A. P. A., Geffers, R., Jarek, M., Toledo, L. F., Vences, M. and C. F. B. Haddad. Low-load pathogen spillover predicts shifts in skin microbiome and survival of a terrestrial-breeding amphibian. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 286 (2019)

Jenkinson, T. S., Rodriguez, D., Clemons, R. A., Michelotti, L. A., Zamudio, K. R., Toledo, L. F., Longcore, J. E. and T. Y. James. Globally invasive genotypes of the amphibian chytrid outcompete an enzootic lineage in coinfections. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 285 (2018)

Department of Biological Sciences Seminar: California State University, Chico (2022)

Ecology and Evolution Seminar: Stanford University (2020)

Institute for Biodiversity Science and Sustainability Seminar: California Academy of Sciences (2019)

Department of Biology Seminar: University of San Francisco (2019)

Center for Population Biology Seminar: University of California, Davis (2018)

Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology Colloquium: San Francisco State University (2018)


National Science Foundation: Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Biology (2017)