An Interview with Chelsea Carson in Ecuador

In October 2015, I visited Ecuador for the first time. I spent my first ten days in the country traveling with amphibian biologist Chelsea Carson. We visited the Amazon, the Andes and the coast to develop the SAVE THE FROGS! Ecuador Ecotour. At the end of our travels, I interviewed Chelsea while overlooking the Pacific Coast at Tabuga in Ecuador’s Manabi province. We discussed Chelsea’s career path and how she went from being an undergraduate organizing Save The Frogs Day events to a Fulbright scholar researching amphibians in Ecuador and organizing ecotours. Chelsea teaches us about Ecuador’s primary ecosystems and the threats they face, and we learn about Chelsea’s research in the streams and agricultural areas of the Ecuadorian cloudforest. We also discuss the value of ecotours, both for the ecotourist and the local communities. And of course we talk about the SAVE THE FROGS! Ecuador Ecotour and the beautiful frog habitats we visit on the tour.

Ecuador Ecotours
Chelsea Carson smiling with a glass frog in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

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La MICA Biological Station – Partner in Amphibian Conservation

La MICA Biological Station is a research and ecotourism facility in El Copé, Coclé Province in the Republic of Panama. La MICA focuses on conservation of the local environment, culture, and history through research, education, and global outreach. This is a unique project because it has incorporated the local people in every stage and position possible. … Continue reading La MICA Biological Station – Partner in Amphibian Conservation