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"The idea of wilderness needs no defense; it only needs defenders."
--Edward Abbey

Kerry KrigerKerry Kriger, Ph.D.

Founder, Executive Director, Ecologist
Berkeley, CA

kerry@savethefrogs.com

Dr. Kriger oversees all aspects of SAVE THE FROGS!, including our education and advocacy programs, fundraising, administration, volunteer coordination, website development and more. Learn more about Dr. Kriger here.

Gilbert AdumGilbert Adum, M.Sc.

SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana
Executive Director, Ecologist
Kumasi, Ghana

gilbert@savethefrogs.com

Gilbert is the Executive Director of SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana, the first international branch of SAVE THE FROGS!. Gilbert is tasked with preventing the extinction of Ghana's endangered amphibians; keeping the abundant amphibians abundant; and spreading the SAVE THE FROGS! message outward across Africa. He leads education and advocacy programs, writes grants, meets with chiefs and government officials, and coordinates student chapters. Gilbert is one of only two amphibian biologists in Ghana. Learn more about Gilbert here.

Kathlyn Franco

Wetlands Coordinator
Los Angeles, CA
kathlyn@savethefrogs.com

Kathlyn serves as our Wetlands Coordinator, helping us Re-Frog America. Kathlyn began by volunteering with SAVE THE FROGS! and has been on staff since May 2012. Kathlyn has a B.A. in Environmental Studies with a concentration in conservation biology and ecology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is also a certified California Naturalist. During her undergraduate career Kathlyn focused her studies on conservation biology. She did her senior thesis on the status of the Santa Cruz Kangaroo Rat (Dipodomys venustus venustus). During her senior year Kathlyn worked for Younger Lagoon Reserve as their small mammal coordinator; monitoring small mammal populations. Simultaneously she worked for a UCSC Professor assisting in plant research. She consistently volunteered doing herpetology research as well as interning doing small mammal research and habitat restoration.

Kathlyn Franco

Kathlyn Franco

Emily Moskal

Editor, SAVE THE FROGS! Magazine
Houston, TX
emily@savethefrogs.com

You can learn a lot about Emily's background and dedication environmental conservation by reading her first letter to us:

"Hi Dr. Kriger and Mr. Starkey,
I am contacting you in response to your call for a personal assistant posted in Jake Sigg's Nature News. As an undergraduate my life-long interest in frogs drove me to work in two labs studying neotropical frogs. During this time, I won a grant to travel with Michael Ryan's lab to Ecuador. We were stationed in Yasuní National Park, arguably one of the most biodiverse places in the world, but on the way to collect frogs I saw spilled oil, clear cut trees, and sloths stuck in the roads.

After working as a research assistant in Dr. Michael Ryan's and Dr. David Cannatella's labs where I learned everything amphibians from behavior to environmental threats, I am most interested and feel the most duty to help conserve them. I have worked in the herpetology collections where I organized and catalogued thousands of specimens and cleaned all the equipment researchers needed to keep a steady, flowing work pace. I found every task rewarding because I knew even the most back seated, small task meant I was helping amphibians. In addition to the lab and field work, I volunteered at a variety of outreach events including talks about chytrid and conservation.

I believe my experiences working with frogs and seeing their habitat destruction forges a passion for frogs that could value your mission by applying my best to every task that is given to me. To work as a personal assistant for SAVE THE FROGS! would provide me invaluable insight into how an amphibian conservation group works and apply that to my future endeavors protecting amphibians.
Sincerely,
Emily Moskal"

Emily Moskal

Emily Moskal

Sandra Owusu-Gyamfi

SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana
Associate Executive Director

Sandra OwusuMiss Sandra Owusu-Gyamfi is Ghana's first female amphibian conservation scientist and currently serves as the Associate Executive Director of SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana. She holds a Master's degree in Environmental Conservation from the University of Greenwich, UK and a bachelor's degree in Environmental Science from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science, Kumasi, Ghana. While at Greenwich University, she received special training in taxonomy from the reputable center for biodiversity research, The Harrison Institute.

Sandra's passion for amphibian conservation has led her to give countless presentations across Ghana and the UK, educating millions of people about the plight of amphibians. Her hard work won her an invitation to give a talk at the Cambridge Students Conference on Conservation Science, where she was acknowledged for excellent presentation skills. Her commitment to amphibian conservation has contributed to important victories such as the rediscovery of the Ghana Giant Squeaker Frog (Arthroleptis krokosua) in 2013. She followed this rediscovery up by publishing an article "Holding on by a Thread: The Plight of the Giant West African Squeaker Frog, Arthroleptis krokosua" in FrogLog, the newsletter of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). She is currently spearheading amphibian rescue operations to prevent amphibian roadkills (the first of its kind in West Africa). Sandra's contributions to science and the environment have won her the prestigious spot of "Personality of the Week" in Ghana's widely read newspaper, The Mirror.

Sandra is working effortlessly to inspire youth and women to take up initiatives that can revolutionize environmental conservation in Ghana and beyond. This is because she recognizes that women in rural Africa exploit natural resources as much as men do or even more. For instance, nearly all fuelwood in Sub-Saharan Africa is collected by women yet there is a low level of awareness among them about the impacts these actions have on the frogs' habitats and the environment as a whole. However, she believes that these women can easily influence the lifestyle of their families who depend on them for their nutrition. Her environmental philosophy therefore, is "if you want to effect change in conservation, convince one woman and she will convince an entire household."

Sandra takes inspiration and aspires to be like women such as Wangari Maathai, Rachel Carson and Jane Goodall who have contributed immensely to the field of conservation science.

Adomako Ohene Boakye

SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana
Project Director

Adomako Ohene Boakye is the Project Director for SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana. He holds a bachelor's degree in a field related to amphibians from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi. He was one of first two grant awardees of SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana's Small Grants Scheme for his undergraduate thesis project about the use of amphibians as indicators of ecosystem health. After his undergraduate studies he assisted SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana as a research volunteer while serving as a teaching and research assistant at the KNUST Department of Wildlife and Range Management. Adomako has passion for amphibian conservation, as he believes we are able to live in a safe environment by saving amphibians. At SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana he implements projects that fulfill such a purpose. Adomako is also keen to communicate scientific findings to the general public and policy makers to get their involvement in amphibian conservation in Ghana and beyond.

Alyson Lee

Graphic Designer
Boston, MA

alyson@savethefrogs.com

Alyson LeeHave you ever noticed that SAVE THE FROGS! has some pretty amazing graphic design? Our amazing volunteer Alyson Lee created the official SAVE THE FROGS! logo back in 2008 and has volunteered hundreds of hours ever since. She is not technically on staff but she is responsible for over 90% of the cool graphics you see on this website and in the SAVE THE FROGS! Gift Center. Alyson's work has appeared in the vast majority of our campaigns and is at least half the reason people buy our shirts, post our flyers, and look at our posters! Learn more about Alyson here.

Thanks to all our supporters who make it possible for us to dedicate our lives to saving the frogs!

From left to right: Michael Starkey, Kathlyn Franco, Emily Moskal, Sienne Hayes, Kerry Kriger, live at the SAVE THE FROGS! Education Center in Berkeley, CA, March 28, 2014.

Save The Frogs Staff