Amphibians have been around for at least 300 million years. Currently there are 8000 known species yet one third are under threat and many more have recently faced extinction. Nowhere is this more felt than in tropical ecosystems, however we are still discovering how many of these slippery animals' life exists in these corners of our planet.
The tale of Tiddalik the frog is an Aboriginal creation story which teaches an important environmental message. In this talk Dr Robert Puschendorf will look at the environmental impact of real frogs; Robert will argue how we could accelerate discoveries, and will share insights on bioliteracy and the conservation of ecosystems based on his experiences in Australia and Costa Rica.
Dr Robert Puschendorf is a tropical biologist at the School of Biological and Marine Sciences at the University of Plymouth, with expertise on amphibians, emerging disease and conservation. He has rediscovered two species of frogs that were thought to be extinct and co-discovered a new species of glassfrog in his native Costa Rica.
Most of his attention is focused on tropical ecosystems and their conservation, especially in the Area de Conservacion Guanacaste, Costa Rica.
Venue: The Levinsky Gallery, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth
Date: Wednesday 1 December 2021
Time: 13:00 – 13:45
Free to attend