Come hear us talk in person!Presentations and talks:
David Blackburn presented "AmphibiaWeb’s Response to the Global Emerging Infectious Disease Crisis in Amphibians" at The 8th World Congress of Herpetology, Hangzhou, China, August 2016.
Michelle Koo and Jennifer Ballard (USGS) conducted "AmphibiaWeb's Bsal Amphibian Disease Portal Demo and working group" at the Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles' Annual Meeting July 2016, New Orleans, LA.
Michelle Koo presented "Averting a Biodiversity Crisis" at the Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles' Annual Meeting, July 30 - Aug 2, in Lawrence, KS.
ABSTRACT:The amphibian fungal disease chytridiomycosis, caused by chytrid Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) contributed to the extinction of many species globally. While our understanding of the biology and ecological impact of Bd has increased, another virulent a new fungal pathogen, Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans (Bsal), thought to have evolved in Asia, has had devastating effects on local salamander populations northwestern Europe. We present a vulnerability model based on calculated environmental niche of Bsal and global salamander species patterns to predict the regions in North America most vulnerable to an introduction of this new pathogen. We propose two actions: 1) ban live salamander imports by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service; 2) create a database and web-based portal to track Bd and Bsal, where tests for presence and intensity of Bd and Bsal can be shared and visualized. We will invite users to become collaborative data providers and to contribute to the development and broad applications of the portal. AmphibiaWeb was created in 2000 in response to amphibian declines and serves as a scientific clearinghouse for conservation organizations and efforts, including the Amphibian Survival Alliance (ASA) and AmphibianArk’s Conservation Needs Assessments.
Amphibians: Harbingers of a Biodiversity Crisis David Wake presented at the American Philosophical Society Annual Meeting, April 2014, Philadelphia, PA.
David Blackburn presented "Engaging the Public with Amphibian Diversity and Conservation on the Web and in Museums" and
David Wake presented "Solving Herpetofauna Conservation Problems using Education and Outreach" at NW Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC), Annual Workshop, February 4, Pasco, WA
Amphibian and Reptiles of the San Francisco Bay Area, Jepson Workshop, Nov 16-17, UC Berkeley & Crystal Springs Watershed, CA.
Hands-on workshop and presentation led by Michelle Koo, Carol Spencer, and David Wake, with a field trip to the Crystal Springs Watershed. All proceeds directly benefit AmphibiaWeb.
The Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, 2013, San Francisco, CA2007:
David Blackburn presents "The impact of taxonomic progress on knowing the Tree of Life: an example from amphibians"
in Session 67: Phylogenetics and Computational Methods, Saturday, Jan. 5, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Are We in the Midst of the Sixth Mass Extinction? David Wake, University of California, Berkeley
Sackler Colloquia: In the Light of Evolution, II: Biodiversity and Extinction, Irvine, California, December 6-8
|2012: AmphibiaWeb tracks the paradox: New Species Discovery in an Era of Declines|
21st International Congress of Zoology, Haifa, Israel,
7th World Congress of Herpetology, Vancouver, BC, Canada, August 12, 4 pm
Society for Conservation Biology
|2011: AmphibiaWeb: Connecting Science and Community|
Presented at the joint American Society of Ichthyology and Herpetology Meeting, Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 2011.
|2008: AmphibiaWeb and HerpNET: On the Cutting Edge of Herpetological Biodiversity Informatics||>||
Wake, D.B., L. Trueb, C.L. Spencer, M.S. Koo, K.L. Whittaker, V. Vredenburg, and J. Gross. [Download PDF]
6th World Congress of Herpetology, Manaus, Brazil, August 2008.
|2006: Visualizing AmphibiaWeb Data with Continuous Cartograms|
Koo, M.S., V.T. Vredenburg, J. Gross, C.L. Spencer, T. Tunstall, D.B. Wake.
Presented at the Society for Conservation Biology, San Jose, CA, June 2006.
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