SAVE THE FROGS! Founder, Executive Director & Ecologist
kerry@savethefrogs.com

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Dr. Kriger is the Founder & Executive Director of SAVE THE FROGS!, the world's leading amphibian conservation organization. He conceived Save The Frogs Day, the world's largest day of amphibian education and conservation action, and has given over 360 presentations on amphibian conservation in Argentina, Australia, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ghana, Mexico, New Zealand, Panama, Paraguay, South Korea, and the USA. 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. He is a recognized expert on the amphibian disease chytridiomycosis, a topic on which he has published 15 articles in peer-reviewed international scientific journals. Dr. Kriger's amphibian conservation efforts have been supported by the National Geographic Society, the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, Patagonia, and various philanthropic organizations throughout the world. He 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 Portuguese. Dr. Kriger has climbed mountains in the Himalayas, Alps, Alaska Range, Southern Alps and the Andes, and is an avid photographer whose photographs have been featured on CNN and in airports and magazines worldwide. He also teaches, records and performs music on a variety of instruments from around the world.

"Dr. Kriger, Thank you for your dedication. You make the world a better place!
Sincerely, Dr. Barbara Anne Kidd-Hoffmann"

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On top of Flakstadting with the midnight sun, Lofoten Archipelago, Norway

Academic Qualifications

Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences
Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia
School of Environmental and Applied Sciences

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering
University of Virginia
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

"I have deep admiration for Kerry and his endeavors. He shows us all that each of us can make a difference, if we try. I consider it a privilege to contribute towards his efforts."
-- SAVE THE FROGS! Board Member Choti Singh

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"Thank you for your leadership of this awesome organization!"
-- Nancy Lichtle, SAVE THE FROGS! Belize Ecotourist & Donor, California

SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger’s Accomplishments

SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger conceived and directs the world’s most effective public charity dedicated exclusively to amphibians. Read on to learn about his multitude of accomplishments for the betterment of amphibians and the planet.

"SAVE THE FROGS! and Kerry Kriger deserve nothing but respect and appreciation for working to make our planet a better place for all; amphibians and mankind alike. Kerry, you do great things for this planet and especially amphibians. To be one little person and to make an impact, is more than most of us can ever dream to do. Good for you, and keep saving those frogs!"
-- Chris Brennan; Salamander Biologist, CT

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Dr. Kriger on the slopes of Rucu Pichincha, where he led a hike during the inaugural SAVE THE FROGS! Ecuador Ecotour.

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How I Became An African Chief

SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger first traveled to Ghana in September 2011. On that trip he co-founded SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana with amphibian biologist Gilbert Adum. In 2016, Dr. Kriger returned to Ghana to lead the SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Expedition, a 23-day journey to train volunteers and spread amphibian awareness throughout the country. This is his story of how he became an African chief.

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On September 22nd, 2016, SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger took a pledge to help the environment and development of the Yawkrom community, and was inducted as chief of environment and development.

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How To Achieve Excellence In Your Environmental Pursuits

In September 2003 I flew to Australia to learn everything I could about frogs. I spent hundreds of hours walking up streams in search of frogs. I learned how to find and identify frogs by their calls and color patterns, body shape and habitat preferences. I learned molecular biology and spent hundreds of hours in the laboratory testing nearly 3,000 frogs for disease. I taught calculus, chemistry, ecology and vertebrate biology at my university and I won a large grant from the National Geographic Society to fund my research. I published original scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals and received awards for presentations I gave at ecological conferences. In June 2007 I returned to the USA with a doctoral degree and a desire to put my knowledge to use for the betterment of the planet.

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Educating kids in Florida, March 2012

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A note from Asuncion, Paraguay by Dr. Kerry Kriger

June 1, 2016

It's 1:30am here in Asuncion, Paraguay. I fly to Ecuador in a few hours and since I don't want to fall asleep and potentially miss my flight, I thought this would be a perfect time to update you on recent SAVE THE FROGS! activity and what I have been up to these four months that I've been in South America. First though, thank you for all your support, whether that's been through donating, volunteering, spreading the word or just improving your own ecological footprint. SAVE THE FROGS! is successful because of the involvement of you and thousands of other frog enthusiasts around the globe.

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Interview with SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger (2009)

Kevin Ruprich's April 1st, 2009 interview with SAVE THE FROGS! Founder & Executive Director Dr. Kerry Kriger

What is your favorite frog? Why is this your favorite?
I like the Southern Orange-eyed Treefrog (Litoria chloris), which graces the SAVE THE FROGS! logo and is the central frog in our Frogs of Australia poster. They like to congregate on the edges of waterfalls in the rainforest during heavy rains, and thus have chosen some of the most beautiful places to live. They call loudly and are a very social frog. They have no predatory escape response, so they are highly photogenic as well. They signify life, health, and wilderness.

What’s the most interesting work you have done with frogs?
Rapid amphibian population declines have generally afflicted high-altitude amphibian populations most severely, and this is usually attributed to the chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) preferring cooler weather. In southeast Queensland, Australia, where I did much of my Ph.D. research, high-altitude populations of several species experienced drastic population declines and two species completely disappeared, the Southern Gastric Brooding Frog (Rheobatrachus silus) and the Southern Day Frog, (Taudactylus diurnus). For a research project of mine that was supported by the National Geographic Society I sampled frogs at various altitudes to determine if montane frogs have a higher prevalence and intensity of chytrid infections than do their lowland counterparts. Demonstrating this relationship would provide strong support for the hypothesis that the chytrid fungus caused Southeast Queensland’s frog extinctions, and that it is the cause of many of the amphibian population declines in montane areas worldwide. However, contrary to my initial expectations, I found the chytrid fungus to be widely distributed at all altitudes in Southeast Queensland. Lowland frogs were often heavily infected and I found the chytrid fungus at virtually every location I sampled. Thus the reasons for the declines and extinctions in southeast Queensland are still poorly understood.

Do you have any ongoing projects that have to do with endangered amphibians? If so, what are they?
At this moment I am not involved in any scientific research projects, but my work with SAVE THE FROGS! is still aimed at protecting endangered amphibians. One of my primary activities at the moment is raising awareness of the amphibian extinction crisis within the general population. I feel strongly that amphibian conservation efforts will not be successful unless the amphibian extinction crisis becomes common knowledge. This April I will be lecturing on the amphibian extinction crisis at schools, museums and environmental groups nationwide, and I am coordinating April 28th’s Save The Frogs Day, in which herpetologists worldwide will be giving free lectures on amphibians. I also create educational posters for schools, and am working on a book that can be used as a guide for teaching high school students about amphibian conservation.

What is the biggest threat to the amphibian population?
An uneducated, apathetic public. There are so many threats to amphibians – pollution, pesticides, climate change, habitat destruction, infectious diseases, over-harvesting for the pet and food trade, invasive species – that it will require a major shift in our society’s priorities if we are to save wildlife from extinction.

What is the most interesting thing about frogs?
Frogs have been around in more or less their current form for 300 million years. They’ve survived countless ice ages, asteroid crashes and other environmental disturbances. They watched the dinosaurs come and go. But they can’t survive what the human race is doing to the planet. That should tell us something about our actions.

What do you do for a living?
I save frogs.

What got you interested in working with the field of herpetology?
I like hanging out on streams. When I decided to pursue a Ph.D. I knew I’d need to choose an animal to study so I started thinking about what lived on streams. When I found out amphibians were disappearing, they sounded like an obvious choice: I’d get to work on streams doing something of high importance.

What is the best experience you have had while working with amphibians?
The most memorable experiences are of doing fieldwork in beautiful places far from civilization, on nights when there are lots of frogs and other animals out that few other people are ever lucky enough to see or hear.

Do you think people are aware of the decline in amphibians?
I think that less than 1% of the world’s population is aware that amphibians are under serious threat. One of my life’s goals is to make it so that nobody ever has to ask me the question “why frogs?”.

What inspired you to make savethefrogs.com?
I needed a way to communicate with and educate a wide sector of society. The internet allows this to happen and does not require a dependence on large media companies. A website stays online 24 hours per day, 365 days per year, so allows me to educate people about amphibian declines and extinctions even when I'm sleeping!

From reading your page on savethefrogs.com I saw that you like playing a bamboo flute. What is a bamboo flute and why do you like playing it?
I play the bansuri, which is a 7-hole side-blown bamboo from northern India. The bansuri is one of the oldest instruments known, dating back about 4,000 years. I like playing the bansuri because it makes beautiful sounds and it is portable, so I can travel and hike with it. I have a website about the bansuri called www.indianflutemusic.com

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