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Kerry Kriger - HerpetologyIn an effort to raise awareness of the plight of amphibians, SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger and Advisory Committee Chairman Michael Starkey regularly give presentations on amphibian conservation to both adults and children. Please contact us to enquire about booking a presentation; be sure to state your geographical location, expected attendance and if you are able to offer an honorarium to cover our expenses (and how much). Thanks!

"I heard someone from your organization speak several years ago and found the presentation absolutely captivating."
-- Diane Marten, Sacramento, CA

Michael Starkey Presentations

The Wild World of Frogs

A presentation by Dr. Kerry M. Kriger
SAVE THE FROGS! Founder, Executive Director & Ecologist

How long do frogs live? How many types of frogs are there? What's the difference between a frog and a toad? Why are frogs disappearing worldwide and what can be done to save them? Dr. Kriger answers all these questions and more as he introduces the audience to The Wild World of Frogs. The presentation features many of Dr. Kriger's photos of amphibians from around the world, and there will be a question and answer session following the presentation.

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Dr. Kriger's Bio

Dr. Kriger is the Founder & Executive Director of SAVE THE FROGS! (www.savethefrogs.com), America's first and only public charity dedicated to amphibian conservation. Dr. Kriger holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science from Griffith University in Gold Coast, Australia, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. His scientific research focuses on the amphibian disease chytridiomycosis, a topic on which he has published 15 articles in peer-reviewed international scientific journals. His research into amphibian declines has been supported by the National Geographic Society and various philanthropic organizations throughout the world, and he has presented the results of his research at scientific conferences in several countries. Dr. Kriger has previously done research on endangered Hawaiian birds, and on the biophysical properties of amino acids involved in cystic fibrosis. He has taught university courses in Ecology, Vertebrate Biology, Applied Mathematics and Chemistry, has written and edited chapters for encyclopedias, and is fluent in Spanish and conversant in Portuguese. He has climbed mountains in the Himalayas, Alps, Alaska Range, Southern Alps and the Andes, and is an avid photographer who has created calendars and posters featuring his wildlife photography.

Dr. Kriger's Lecture Experience

Dr. Kriger has presented lectures on amphibian conservation in Australia, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ghana, Mexico, New Zealand, Panama, South Korea, and the USA, and has taught university courses in Vertebrate Zoology, Ecology, Chemistry and Mathematics. He recently spoke on the amphibian extinction crisis at the National Geographic Society, US Environmental Protection Agency, US Fish & Wildife Service, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Monterey Bay Aquarium, California Academy of Sciences, Boston Museum of Science, Defenders of Wildlife Headquarters, National Wildlife Federation, Portland Audubon Society, Northwest Environmental Defense Center, Watsonville Wetlands Watch, Woodland Park Zoo, Town Hall Seattle, REI Corporate Headquarters, Vancouver Water Resources Education Center, Yellowstone National Park, Yosemite National Park, the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, University of California Santa Cruz, UCLA, University of Colorado, San Francisco State University, British Columbia Institute of Technology, Forestry Research Institute of Ghana, Sidwell Friends School, the Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, and the New England Wildlife Center.

"Everyone who ever hears you talk is blown away. Children are especially taken with your message. Hope your summer is productive in your quest to save the frogs."
-- Cynthia Jordan, Ecology Action; Santa Cruz, CA

Recordings of Past Presentations

You can listen to recordings of many of Dr. Kriger's past presentations on the SAVE THE FROGS! Audio Page.

 

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Testimonials

Testimonials for Dr. Kerry Kriger

"He just had them all totally engaged. He had great slides and a great rapport with these kids, talking about why frogs matter. I know that he's a serious scientist, but I'm equally impressed with people when they can keep an auditorium full of kids engaged."
--Mike Rotkin, Mayor of Santa Cruz, CA

Fullerton frogs"Kerry, Thank you very much for making the effort to reach our students at Troy High School. You had such great information to share and with such enthusiasm. I hope we can have some students take another step in writing a letter or supporting your organization. I will do my best to spread the word through my teaching of Biology and AP Environmental Science."
-- Sara Velarde

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"Thank you again for coming to my school, Kerry. You saw how the kids loved it. Two boys came up to me yesterday and told me they want to be frog scientists."
-- Virginia Haddad, Sea View Elementary School, Salton City, California

"Hi Kerry, I have gotten rave comments about your presentation to us on Tuesday! It was an excellent turnout. We had several people from our contaminants program, our National Coordinator for Aquatic Animal Health, plus endangered species, refuges, and many people from our Fisheries and Habitat Conservation program. We had a division chief and a college student in a career program, and your range of information from basic to technical addressed everyone's interests. Afterwards, the one-on-one discussions were great. Thank you so much for taking your time to speak to our staff!"
--Susan Jewell, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Injurious Wildlife Listing Coordinator; Fisheries and Habitat Conservation

"Hi Kerry, thank you so much for a wonderful lecture. I think the students got a lot out of it. Good on you for starting this organization and best of luck to your efforts!"
-- Chris Wilmers, Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies Department, University of California, Santa Cruz

Jean Brennan Frogs"Kerry, I just wanted to say THANKS! again for your presentation. As you could tell the Defenders staff was very interested in your work. Very best of luck to you."
--Dr. Jean Brennan
Climate Change Scientist
Defenders of Wildlife
Washington, D.C

"Hi Kerry, it was great to have you at the docent meeting last night. You walked that fine line of doom and gloom and being hopeful and came out ahead! It is never enough to hear about the problems if there are no solutions presented. It was great to see folks walking away from your presentation inspired after getting briefed on the severity of the situation, knowing that they could make a crucial difference. One docent has already told me that they are considering putting a frog pond on their property! So thank you for your time and energy, it is definitely appreciated."
-- Daniel Williford
State Park Interpreter I - Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

"Kerry, you were one of our top presenters--still can't get over your frog imitations. You were so full of energy and love for the naked ones, and your convictions hit everyone hard. For a while at least, and I hope for good, we wanted to go to war for the embattled amphibians. You had some of the best supported rationale for protecting our wild Earth and toning down our sloppy greediness. Thank you! Best always and success of the highest order."
--Carolyn Pankow, Friends of San Pedro Valley County Park

"Hello Kerry, That was a brilliant and informative presentation!"
--Dr. Bright Kankam, Head of Wildlife, Forestry Research Institute of Ghana

"Kerry, On behalf of our San Lorenzo Rotary Club, I want to thank you again for speaking to our club several weeks ago. Your informative presentation on the need to proactively protect the wetlands ecosystem, particularly frogs and other amphibians was greatly appreciated."
--Charlie Johnson, President

“Hi Kerry, Thanks for a great lecture earlier this month. I am still hearing comments about how informative it was.  Would you be interested in giving another lecture at the library?
--Sarah Harbison, Santa Cruz Public Libraries

"Hi Kerry, thank you so much for your willingness to talk to all of us interns! I know I and many others really enjoyed it and were inspired by your dedication and passionate work towards saving the frogs. What type of work could I get involved in helping SAVE THE FROGS? Again, thanks so much for your time and inspiring work!"
-- Lyla Wilton, Marin Academy

"Thanks for the awesome talk! You have a real talent with kids - they loved it!"
-- Jeanie Vogelzang, Santa Cruz, CA

"Your talk at Watsonville Wetlands Watch this past Wednesday was great - thank you for sharing your knowledge."
--Inger Marie Laursen, Wildlife Biologist

"If you ever have the chance to hear Dr. Kerry Kriger lecture at the California Academy of Science, do take that opportunity. Excellent and critical message for us all!"
--Jerry Bauknight, San Francisco, CA

"Kerry, All I can say is that your presentation was a HUGE hit. It was one of the biggest highlights of the week. Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule for us."
--Sonja Kulstad-Hurst, AmeriCorps Watershed Stewards Project

"Kerry, Thank you! It was wonderful having such a knowledgeable and engaging speaker. I especially enjoyed your frog calls and how much you got my volunteers to think about the issue of conservation from the perspective of amphibians.  I look forward to staying in touch in the future."
-- Shannon Heimer, Education & Volunteer Manager, Happy Hollow Park & Zoo

"Dear Kerry, Thanks again for your wonderful presentation. I heard nothing but positive remarks, and several teachers thanked me for setting it up.  The kids really enjoyed it too and I know word will get back to their parents."
--Ruth Van Sciver, Los Gatos, CA

"Thanks for giving such a great talk in our class; my roommate's girlfriend is in the course and couldn't stop talking about your presentation! You definitely sparked interest in the cause."
--Justine A., UCSC Teaching Assistant

"Dear Dr. Kriger,
Thank you for the excellent and informative presentation for my class here in Santa Cruz.  The students are still sharing frog information with their families.  I appreciate how organized you are and how well you interact with the students.  Your inclusion of wonderful frog photos and facts kept everyone interested.  You are providing valuable information as well as giving us all ways that we can help frogs and their habitat in our everyday lives. 
Many thanks to you!"
--Joanne Brown, M. S.

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"Thank you for your presentation to La-on-je-na and us, Froggieco. Your presentation was very entertaining, and we clearly got your message. We were very interested in your organization's activities, not to mention the interesting contests you presented. We highly esteem your efforts done to help the amphibians, and it was very positively inspiring for us to work for the ecosystem in the future. We wish we can share good ideas to protect the frogs anytime and keep in contact."
--Woo Seok Yang, Member of Froggieco, ecodiversity group of Daewon Foreign Language High School, Seoul, South Korea

"Dear Dr. Kriger, your work with SAVE THE FROGS! reflects our focus on hands-on stewardship and commitment. One of our community members, Monique Smith of the Bat Conservancy of Coastal California, recently heard you speak at the Migration Festival, and she has rave reviews of your ability to capture audience attention through a combination of frog noises and interesting information! We are confident that you will educate and inspire festivals attendees in discovering their roles as environmental stewards. We would be honored to have you as a speaker at this exciting event."
--Lara Kilpatrick, Organizer of Summit for the Planet

"Kerry, the entire club enjoyed your presentation. Your enthusiasm is infectious. Best of luck on your continuing efforts on behalf of frogs.
Regards, Tom"
--Tom Boyce, President of the Los Gatos Rotary Club

"Kerry, thanks so much for coming today. You are a natural at interacting with kids. They really were attentively listening to you. They enjoyed your frog sounds, which kept their attention. I really appreciate your time and your sweet manner."
--Jodee Larson, Santa Cruz Montessori

"Dr. Kriger, thank you again for your excellent presentation and for educating us on the need and ways to address amphibian extinction. I know we were all highly impressed with your knowledge and dedication. We all enjoyed you so much. You have amazing dedication and commitment; it is a great gift."
--Adra Ross, Monterey Bay Koi & Pond Club

Testimonials for Michael Starkey

"Thank you for the presentation. The girls really enjoyed it. Your slide show was great, and you are off the charts with enthusiasm. Also, I loved your section on contests and what they can do to get involved."
-Anya Manes, teacher at Immaculate Conception Academy, San Francisco, CA

"Thank you for taking your time out to visit our class today. The kids were super excited even before your presentation and even more excited afterward. You should have been here with us after lunch; they can't stop talking about frogs. You were enthusiastic and passionate about the topic and it shows. And thank you for being so patient with the kids, answering all their questions and acknowledging all their comments."
- Jacueline Le, teacher at Cleveland Elementary, San Francisco, CA

"Hi Mr. Starkey, Thank you so much for presenting at our school! Your presentation was very accessible to all of our students, and information was supported with excellent visuals. Our students can be challenging to engage, but you held their attention the whole time!"
-Rebecca Fall, 7th Grade teacher at Visitacion Valley Middle School, San Francisco, CA

"…can't tell you how many kids are talking about the FROGS!!! I wish I could have attended, but heard great things…..thank you again for this opportunity."
-Mary Beth Kropp, Principal/PAIS, Foulks Ranch Elementary School, Sacramento, CA

"I thought his presentation to all grade levels was very appropriate and educational, his speaking style was engaging, and the PowerPoint presentation was also very appropriate. I truly think he did a fabulous job with each group."
-Mark H. Beard, Vice Principal/PAIS, Foulks Ranch Elementary School, Sacramento, CA

"Michael…thank you. Your passion about frogs and what you are trying to do is infectious and so refreshing. It's also great for kids to see that scientists are humans with curiosity, not only someone in a lab wearing a white cost. Thanks again for a thoughtful and informative presentation."
-Mira Sinick, Lawton School, 3rd grade, San Francisco, CA

"A big thank you to Michael Starkey of the Save The Frogs initiative, for a fantastic presentation to the TBZ staff! With 200 amphibians gone extinct since 1979, and over 2000 more threatened to disappear this century, there is a great need to help save those long legged leapers. From being excellent pest control, to vital food sources for many carnivores (including humans!), frogs are definitely worth saving."
- The Belize Zoo, January 18th, 2012

"Thanks so much for coming out to speak to us, and for putting on such an enthusiastic performance. Your dedication shows, and your imagery was fantastic!"
-Roger Repp, Rattlesnake Biologist, Tucson Herpetological Society

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