Science Pub Corvallis
|Date: Feb. 11, 2013||Time: 6-8pm||Located at: Old World Deli, 341 2nd St., Corvallis|
|Who is this for: All ages||Cost: Free|
Extinction in Our Time: Why Should We Care if Frogs Disappear?
with Andrew Blaustein, professor of zoology, director of the Environmental Sciences Graduate program, Oregon State University
With dramatic population declines and extinctions worldwide, amphibians (frogs, toads, salamanders and newts) are among the most threatened animals on the planet. Habitat loss, climate change, disease and pollution have well-documented impacts. “Amphibians are embedded in culture and religion and are ecologically important,” says Blaustein. “They may aid humans medically and are interesting to observe for their own sake. Their loss would be devastating in so many ways.”
Blaustein is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the board of directors of the Amphibian Conservation Alliance. While his lab focuses on the Pacific Northwest, it has also been active in the tropics.