Amphibians are disappearing at an alarming rate around the world and are now the most threatened group of vertebrate animals. Almost one-third of the world's amphibian species are considered to be facing extinction. In some cases the causes of these declines are known, but others remain a mystery and are the subject of ongoing research. Join us to discuss what is known and what is yet to be known about the global loss of such an important group of animals. We will also learn about efforts that are being made to bring attention to the plight of amphibians in our state.
About our Speakers
Bryan Stuart (www.bryanlstuart.com ) is Curator of Herpetology at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. His research program focuses on the biodiversity, systematics and conservation of amphibians and reptiles. He travels often to Southeast Asia and Central Africa to conduct field research, and he is particularly interested in how DNA can be used to identify species. Stuart has authored numerous publications on amphibians and reptiles in scientific journals, and serves as an Associate Editor for the journals Herpetologica and Copeia. Stuart is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Biology Department at NC State University and a Research Associate at the Field Museum of Natural History and the Wildlife Conservation Society.
Rachel Hopkins is a freshman and Honor Roll student at Ravenscroft School in Raleigh. She has been fascinated by frogs and other amphibians for many years, and understands their importance as indicator organisms of the health of our environment. Hopkins’ passion about these animals led her to successfully petition Governor Beverly Perdue, who officially designated April 28, 2012 as “Save the Frogs Day” in North Carolina. In addition, Hopkins received the 2011 Green Oscar, Outstanding Youth in Conservation award from WildSouth organization.