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Madelyn Mangan


BSc Biology (Hons, summa cum laude)

MSc Biology


PhD Candidate

Contact details


Centre for Planetary Health and Food Security

Griffith University, Nathan Campus

Building N78, 170 Kessels Road, Nathan QLD, Australia 4111

Email: madelynmangan"at"



I am a PhD student at Griffith University working under the supervision Dr. Laura Grogan, Prof. Hamish McCallum, Dr. David Newell, Dr. Tiffany Kosch, and Dr. Sonya Clegg. My research combines epidemiological and genomic approaches to understand mechanisms underlying post-epidemic recovery of amphibian species from the fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis.


I completed my Bachelor of Science at Truman State University (USA) in 2016 and earned an honours qualification by modelling host-seeking activity of adult lone star ticks (Amblyomma americanum) in Missouri. My MSc thesis at Truman State expanded this statistical modelling to describe all three life stages of the lone star tick, characterized the cryptic demographic structure of active populations, and explored how physiological ageing impacts host-seeking behaviour.

After completing my MSc, I served as a government biologist on commercial fishing vessels in the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska, collecting catch composition and genetic data necessary for real-time fisheries management. I then worked in Thailand as field staff for an Asian elephant ecotourism program through Global Vision International, and later joined Operation Wallacea as a mammal scientist conducting surveys in Cuscuo National Park, Honduras.

Research Overview

I am most interested in disease ecology, population genetics, mathematical modeling, and parasitology. In my PhD, I aim to combine both genomic approaches and  mathematical modeling to understand both spatial and temporal variation in the impact of chytrid fungus on M. fleayi throughout its range.

Research Keywords

Disease ecology, population genetics, epidemiological modelling, spatial ecology, chytridiomycosis

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  • Foré, S. A., Mangan, M. J., Mantia, A. M., Kolok, J. T., & Kim, H. J. (2023). Multiple physiological cohorts comprise seasonal activity of wild Amblyomma americanum (Acari: Ixodidae) nymphs. Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases, 14(2). DOI: 10.1016/j.ttbdis.2022.102091


  • Grogan, L. F., Mangan, M. J., McCallum, H. I. (accepted 29 Oct 2022) Amphibian infection tolerance to chytridiomycosis. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2022.0133 (IF 6.671).

  • Mangan, M. J., Foré, S. A., & Kim, H. J. (2022). Seasonal changes in questing efficiency of wild Amblyomma americanum (Acari: Ixodidae) nymphs. Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases, 13(5). DOI: 10.1016/j.ttbdis.2022.101988


  • Mangan, M. J., Foré, S. A. & Kim, H. J. (2020). Using haem concentration as a metric of physiological age to infer demographic structure in natural field and forest populations of host-seeking Amblyomma americanum adults. International Journal of Acarology. DOI: 10.1080/01647954.2020.1758776

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  • ​Walker, J. M., Montgomery, C. E., Cordes, J. E., & Mangan, M. (2019). Morphological variation, habitat, and conservation status of parthenogenetic Aspidoscelis tesselatus patterns class C in the canyonlands of southeastern Colorado, USA. Herpetological Conservation and Biology, 14(1), 119-131.


  • Mangan, M. J., Foré, S. A., & Kim, H. J. (2018). Ecological modeling over seven years to describe the number of host‐seeking Amblyomma americanum in each life stage in northeast Missouri. Journal of Vector Ecology, 43(2), 271-284.

  • Friebohle, J., Chapman, A., Lovera, K., Mangan, M., Schaefer, C. H., Wronkiewicz, N. (2018). Geographic distribution: Apalone spinifera (Spiny Softshell). Herpetological Review, 49(2), 284.

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