Leaflet

Press: Amphibian Contributions to Ecosystem Services

What Do Frogs Do All Day? The University of Wisconsin-Madisen Arboretum produced this very nice leaflet: https://arboretum.wisc.edu/content/uploads/2012/11/35_ArbLeaflet.pdf. It outlines how amphibians enhance ecosystem functions and enrich our lives and is largely based on our recent paper: Hocking, D. J. and K. J. Babbitt. 2014. Amphibian Contributions to Ecosystem Services. Herpetological Conservation and Biology. 9(1): 1-17.…

Wood Frog amplexus

Creating Vernal Pools

Calhoun and colleagues just published a very nice review in Wetlands on creating vernal pools with emphasis pool-breeding amphibians. I’m not going to summarize the paper as it’s a review (not too long) and worth reading in full. However, one of the take home messages is that creating effective vernal pools is extremely difficult. The…

Shakespeare and Seinfeld and Salamanders, Oh My!

What do Shakespeare and Seinfeld have in common with Ray Bradbury and the Bible? As the title of this might might imply, they all reference amphibians. Shakespeare’s witches had their eye of newt, in Seinfeld George was desperately trying to get Frogger across the road, Bradbury’s book-burning firemen are emblazoned with a salamander, and frogs…

Paper Summary: Natural Disturbance and Logging Effects on Salamanders

Paper Summary: Hocking, D.J., K.J. Babbitt, and M. Yamasaki. 2013. Comparison of Silvicultural and Natural Disturbance Effects on Terrestrial Salamanders in Northern Hardwood Forests. Biological Conservation 167:194-202. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2013.08.006 Unfortunately, this paper is behind a paywall. Please email me if you would like a copy for educational purposes. We were interested in how red-backed salamanders…