Amphibians are an ancient vertebrate lineage that appeared in the late Devonian period and are going extinct at a fast rate ever seen. Finding out the causes and how we can help reduce the threats are crucial to preserving the most threatened group of known animals in the world. In this site, you will follow my research into finding out what is going on in Brazil, the UK, and New Zealand with this unique group of vertebrates that are so crucial to human survival on earth. Additionally, you can learn more about amphibians and how to help minimise its decline.
Although amphibians do not occupy the privileged position in the public view that many mammals and birds do, and many people do not consider amphibians to be charismatic species (Leader-Williams & Dublin, 2000), they are a useful group to use to study conservation methods for animals groups in general. Besides the important intrinsic values of amphibians (i.e. species have the right to exist in the Anthropocene Era), amphibians play a number of important roles in ecosystems (Whiles et al., 2006). Their presence and abundance in an area have often been used to indicate ecosystem health; amphibians have been likened to the global canaries in the coal mine (Halliday, 2000; 2008). However, some amphibian species are fairly resistant to environmental contaminants (Kerby, Richards-Hrdlicka, Storfer, & Skelly, 2010).
Amphibian declines are likely to accelerate in the twenty-first century because multiple drivers of extinction could jeopardize their populations more than previous, mono-causal, assessments have suggested (Hof et al., 2011)
If all frogs go extinct you will notice!