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Written by Emily Moskal Emily Moskal
Parent Category: Staff Staff
Category: Kathlyn Franco Kathlyn Franco
Created: 06 April 2016 06 April 2016

Kathlyn Franco Osagie
SAVE THE FROGS! Wetlands Coordinator & Ecologist

Los Angeles, CA
Kathlyn@savethefrogs.com

Ms. Franco is in charge of wetland design and construction, organizing wetland workshops, and leading ecotours.

"Kathlyn Franco Osagie knows how to design and restore naturally appearing and functioning wetlands for Endangered Species of amphibians, reptiles, and fish. She has helped built 27 wetlands for the Chiricahua leopard frog, and the California red-legged frog to date. Kathlyn works effectively with agency personnel, landowners, and heavy equipment operators to build wetlands that require little, if any maintenance. I encourage you to support her passion for restoring wetlands for rare species."
-- Tom Biebighauser, Center For Wetland & Stream Restoration

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Kathlyn Franco finds a bullfrog enjoying the wetland she helped construct in Arizona for the endangered Gila Topminnow

Kathlyn first got involved with SAVE THE FROGS! in 2012. She began volunteering after Dr. Kerry Kriger gave a presentation to her conservation biology class. Ever since she has been working hard with the SAVE THE FROGS! team to help amphibians and wildlife. To date, she has built 24 and designed 12 wetlands with Tom Biebighauser, a renowned wetland construction expert. So far she has saved the endangered California Red-legged Frog and Gila Topminnow, providing new habitat to prevent extinction.

Kathlyn is a first-generation American and college graduate. She received her Bachelor’s in environmental studies from the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) in 2012. She has participated in several scientific studies working with small mammals, plants, lizards and amphibians. During her undergraduate career, she was awarded two grants to study the Santa Cruz Kangaroo Rat, an endemic keystone species. She has also worked for the U.S. Forest Service studying the effects of forest thinning on small mammal communities, Dr. Greg Gilbert studying the spread of pathogens in plant communities, and Dr. Barry Sinervo studying temperature preference in lizards and climate change modeling.

Contactme Kathlyn at Kathlyn@savethefrogs.com with questions about wetland restoration and construction

Certifications and Awards
Wetland Restoration Workshop Training, completed October 2014
California Naturalist, completed June 2012
CA Naturalist Award, 2012 and 2013

Fluent in Spanish