Math and Science Colloquium
April 8, 2014 | 11:45 AM to 12:35 PM
It’s not easy being green… or brown…or polka-dotted… The global decline in amphibian populations – a view from the front line.
With more than a third of the world’s amphibian species at risk of extinction, frogs and salamanders are among the most endangered animals around. Dr. Twan Leenders has spent more than 20 years studying amphibian populations in some very exotic locations. His presentation will highlight some of the challenges amphibians face across the globe but will also show some of the challenges biologists face trying to figure out the patterns behind some of these declines and – more importantly – the challenge of trying to save some of the rarest creatures on earth from extinction. Twan will discuss his experience as a conservation biologist, working with some of the last surviving populations of several Central American frog species and discuss fascinating aspects of tropical amphibian biology. His presentation will be richly illustrated with photographs of many rarely-seen species and places.