Graduate Positions in Disease Ecology and Aquatic Conservation

Posted September 10th, 2014 by Emily Moskal
Categories: Jobs

Graduate Positions in Disease Ecology and Aquatic Conservation

The Johnson Laboratory at the University of Colorado is actively seeking applications for two new graduate student positions to begin in Summer (ideally) or Fall 2015. We are looking for independent, self-motivated students who are passionate about pursuing research in aquatic ecology and conservation. Currently we seek to fill positions related to two projects:

1. The community ecology of disease: this project aims to understand how interactions among species within an aquatic community collectively influence pathogen transmission and disease risk. This can include interactions among hosts (dilution effect), among micro- and macroparasites (coinfection), and between non-hosts and parasites (predation). The selected student would have a unique opportunity to conduct fieldwork on a broad range of taxa (amphibians, fishes, macroinvertebrates, zooplankton, waterbirds) at our long-term study sites in California (during summers).


2. Global change and aquatic ecosystems: In collaboration with the Niwot Ridge Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) program, this project is focused on lakes and reservoirs along the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Broadly, we are working to understand the short and long-term effects of climate change, nitrogen deposition and invasive species on biological interactions within these systems. The selected student would be expected to develop an MA or PhD-level project that help to advance the project’s overall goals.


If you are qualified and interested in working with our laboratory, please send the following items in a letter of introduction to Dr. Pieter Johnson (

– Curriculum vitae, GPA and test scores

– Your general research interests, previous experience and how you will contribute to work already being pursued in the lab.

– Whether you intend to apply for a MA or PhD program.

– Post-graduate career plans.

– Why you are specifically interested in work being done in the lab.

– Whether you have applied for any external fellowships (e.g., NSF or EPA).


For more information on specific research being conducted in the lab, please visit the lab webpage For more general information regarding the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, please visit the departmental website

SAN FRANCISCO: SAVE THE FROGS! will be at the Wildlife Conservation Expo

Posted September 7th, 2014 by Kerry Kriger
Categories: Events

SAN FRANCISCO: SAVE THE FROGS! will be at the Wildlife Conservation Expo

SAVE THE FROGS! is pleased to be returning to the Wildlife Conservation Expo in San Francisco for the 3rd straight year. The Expo isOctober 11th, 2014 and there will be lots of great presentations on wildlife conservation. SAVE THE FROGS! and many other wildlife organizations will be running informational tables. If you would like to request any SAVE THE FROGS! gifts we are happy to deliver them to you at the event. I will be there, so be sure to find our table and say hi! See you there!

SAVE THE FROGS! Internship Position for Fall 2014

Posted September 7th, 2014 by Kerry Kriger
Categories: Jobs

SAVE THE FROGS! Internship Position for Fall 2014

Want to learn new skills and help save the planet’s most rapidly disappearing animals? SAVE THE FROGS! seeks an intern to help out with programs and office tasks in the SAVE THE FROGS! Education Center in Berkeley, California. This is a 4-8 hours per week volunteer position supervised by SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger. If you are responsible, motivated and interested, please send your resume and a single paragraph summarizing your skills, background and interests to with the subject line “Save The Frogs Internship” by September 16th, 2014. Thank you!

Photo of Nepalese frog courtesy Wayne Erickson

Success with our Ghana fundraising efforts

Posted September 7th, 2014 by Kerry Kriger
Categories: Campaigns & Action Center, News from SAVE THE FROGS!

Thanks to 88 generous donors from nine countries, we surpassed our fundraising goal of $2,680 and raised $4,020 for our frog-saving efforts in Ghana! On behalf of our staff and volunteers in Ghana as well as frog lovers everywhere, thank you to everyone who supported our efforts in West Africa. We look forward to sending you photos and stories of our coming successes. If you didn’t get a chance to donate, it’s not too late! We will keep our dedicated SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Fundraising page active for all who would like to donate to or start their own personal fundraising webpage for Ghana’s endangered frogs.

Over 150 kids attended our Save The Frogs Day 2014 event in Accra, Ghana’s capital.

SAVE THE FROGS! Eco-tour to Belize was a huge success!

Posted August 4th, 2014 by Michael Starkey
Categories: Educate Yourself, Events, Jobs, News from SAVE THE FROGS!

WOW! What a trip! The SAVE THE FROGS! Eco-tour to Belize was a blast! From June 19th to the 28th, ten frog-saving supporters trekked through rainforests, hiked through pine savannah, relaxed on white, sandy beaches, and found lots and lots of beautiful frogs! See the adventure for yourself and check out these amazing photos from the 2014 SAVE THE FROGS! Eco-tour to Belize.

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SAVE THE FROGS! in Times Square, New York

Posted August 1st, 2014 by Kathlyn Franco
Categories: Uncategorized

SAVE THE FROGS! has been offered full motion digital ads on a 26′ wide x 20′ high screen in Times Square, NYC. We seek a corporate sponsor to pay for the ads and share the ad space with us. Can YOUR company help out? It would be great publicity for your company and would be helping a great cause. The ads would feature colorful eye-catching frog photos and education. The ads are 10 seconds long and will run 18 times per day for 78 days (1,404 showings). The screen is at 42nd street in the middle of all the action. Your company can likely get a tax write-off as well. Please contact us at ASAP if you can assist. Thank you!




The two coolest SAVE THE FROGS! Guitar Picks ever created

Posted July 24th, 2014 by Kerry Kriger
Categories: Frog Gifts

Introducing the two coolest SAVE THE FROGS! Guitar Picks ever created! These picks make great gifts and allow you to rock out on your guitar! One of these beautiful picks features the Southern Orange-Eyed Treefrog from Australia. The other features artistic renditions of a Red-Eyed Treefrog from Belize and a Hypsiboas cinerascens from the Colombian Amazon. Order now and you’ll get each of these limited edition picks! Please share and help spread the word. Frog photos and art are by SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger and graphic design courtesy STF! Volunteer Alyson Lee. 100% of proceeds support our amphibian conservation efforts.

Order your picks at:

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Ask the Gilroy Garlic Festival to prohibit frog leg sales

Posted July 23rd, 2014 by Michael Starkey
Categories: Campaigns & Action Center, Educate Yourself

The Gilroy Garlic Festival in California should be celebrating garlic rather than frog extinction. Please call them and ask them to prohibit the selling of frog legs at their festival: 408-842-1625. The frogs being sold are in all likelihood either wild-caught or farm-raised non-native, disease-spreading, predatory American Bullfrogs shipped here from some distant country. Thanks for calling them at 408-842-1625 and taking action for the frogs! Stay tuned also for an email action alert we will be sending out shortly. For more information please visist:

Frog Legs
Frog art by Aisyah Nasywa Ula, Age 7, Indonesia

Governor Jerry Brown signs our frog legislation into law

Posted July 6th, 2014 by Kerry Kriger
Categories: Campaigns & Action Center

We are very pleased to announce that on Saturday June 28th, Governor Jerry Brown made amphibious history by signing Assembly Bill 2364 into law, making the California Red-Legged Frog (Rana draytonii) the state’s official amphibian (effective January 1st, 2015). Thank you to Governor Brown; Assemblymember Pérez and his staff; the students, teachers and administrators of Sea View Elementary School in Salton City; all the legislators who voted in support of this bill; and to all our SAVE THE FROGS! supporters who sent in letters of support on behalf of the California Red-Legged Frog! This law will ensure that thousands of future California students learn about amphibians, and that those who profit off of the destruction of Red-Legged Frog habitat will meet with increased opposition and obstacles should they attempt to harm these frogs. You can learn all about how this bill became law, and why students play such an important role in environmental conservation efforts at:

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Posted June 25th, 2014 by Sandra Owusu-Gyamfi
Categories: Campaigns & Action Center, Events, News from SAVE THE FROGS!

SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana, together with foresters from the Forestry Commission of Ghana (FC) and 100 other volunteers, has cleared a portion of the habitat of the Giant Squeaker Frog (Arthroleptis kroskosua) of the non-native invasive weed (Chromolaena odorata). To suppress the regrowth of the weed we immediately planted 2,000 native tree seedlings in areas where it was removed and in other degraded places.
We also trained local school children and villagers on best practices of invasive weed control and tree planting. The invasive weed C. odorata depletes the density of leaf-litter that the Giant Squeaker Frog utilises for predator escape, breeding activities and protection from desiccation. Thus, clearing and controlling the infestation of the weed will improve the Frog’s habitat conditions, which subsequently will lead to its recovery from the brink of extinction.
We educated the local people on the amphibian extinction crisis and the importance of protecting frogs and their habitats. Local people pledged their support for the project and expressed interest in establishing community tree nurseries to continue with the restoration project. They will also help to report any ongoing illegal activities within the reserve to authorities to prevent the continual
With the success of future funding, SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana and local people will establish community tree nurseries to raise native seedlings. With the seedlings, they will replant in the Giant Squeaker Frog’s remaining habitat ranges to quicken the process of its recovery from the brink of extinction. Please read more about our future habitat restoration plans for the Giant Squeaker Frog at ( and also donate here.
We thank The Rufford Foundation, Stiftung Artenshutz/Verband Deutscher Zoodirektoren and SAVE THE FROGS! for funding the first phase of this project.

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