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  • The Amphibian Foundation

    is dedicated to connecting individuals, communities and organizations in order to create and implement lasting solutions to the global amphibian extinction crisis.
    We provide unique educational opportunities for all ages to learn about amphibians and inspire conservation.
    Established in 2016 by Mark and Crystal Mandica, we collaborate with partners in the fight against amphibian extinction. This page highlights all the people and organizations that have joined the Amphibian Foundation in their mission.

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    We welcome anyone who wants to join us in the fight to save amphibians AF Inclusion & Diversity Statement

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Leadership Team

Mark Mandica

Mark Mandica

Founder, Executive Director

Mark is a life-long amphibian conservationist, and leads novel conservation studies focused on endangered species. He is also a biologist, scientific illustrator, instructor, and musician. Most importantly, he is a father and husband.
Crystal Mandica

Crystal Mandica

Founder, Director of Education

Crystal has piloted many unique, exciting programs, introducing hundreds of students to amphibians and reptiles. She is the lead instructor for Critter Camp and Atlanta Urban Ecologists, and manages multiple camps throughout the summer.

Staff

Amanda Sargent

Amanda Sargent

Conservation Coordinator

Amanda is a lifelong lover of all creatures who enjoys field work, animal husbandry, and harnessing the power of social media to educate the public about conservation. Amanda plays a role in many AF initiatives, including leading our social media efforts.
Ryan Myers

Ryan Myers

Naturalist and Invertebrate Specialist

Ryan is an enthusiastic defender of amphibious life around the globe. Ryan serves as a conservationist and interpretive educator at AF and several other non-profits in Atlanta.
Lacey Avery

Lacey Avery

Communications Lead

Lacey specializes in writing, editing, and communications strategy. She's covered topics like ocean research, wildlife conservation, and public health, and loves sharing AF's great work with others.
John Palis

John Palis

Consulting Biologist

John is an exceptional biologist who has studied Flatwoods Salamanders for many years. He leads the Frosted Flatwoods Salamander sampling studies in South Carolina and assists in the field studies throughout their range.

Collections Volunteers

Anthony Mandica

Anthony Mandica

Official Namer
Erin Frew

Erin Frew

Salamander Lab
Jasmine Williamson

Jasmine Williamson

Special Collections
Jeffrey Weiss

Jeffrey Weiss

Special Collections & Squamate Lab
Juan Taquechel

Juan Taquechel

Special Collections
Tess Yaney

Tess Yaney

Photographer
DJ Welch

DJ Welch

Aquatics
Michael Berry

Michael Berry

Salamander Lab
Tess Winbigler

Tess Winbigler

Salamander Lab


Communications Team

Dani Glover - Communications Intern

Dani Glover

Communications Intern
Victoria Gould - Communications Intern

Victoria Gould

Communications Intern
Megan Serr

Megan Serr

Bsal Communications
Jenny Wilson - Communications Intern

Jenny Wilson

Communications Intern
Jess Thompson

Jess Thompson

Content Analyst
Emily Capps

Emily Capps

Content Strategist
Alex Shepack

Alex Shepack

Bsal Communications

Atlanta Amphibian Monitoring (MAAMP) Staff

Marjan Ghadrdan

Marjan Ghadrdan

MAAMP Coordinator
Sami Netherton

Sami Netherton

MAAMP Assistant
Gabe Andrle

Gabe Andrle

MAAMP Assistant

Interns

Brie Galbreath - Research Intern

Brie Galbreath

Research Intern
Erin Frew - Research Intern

Erin Frew

Research Intern
Katie Roberts - Scientific Illustration Intern

Katie Roberts

Scientific Illustration Intern
Jeffrey Weiss

Jeffrey Weiss

Research Intern
Roberto Valencia - International Intern (Ecuador)

Roberto Valencia

International Intern (Ecuador)

Board of Directors

Jairo Garcia

Jairo Garcia

Urban Climate Nexus
Michael Goldman

Michael Goldman

Joel Sartore

Joel Sartore

National Geographic and Photo Ark
Valerie Van Sweden

Valerie Van Sweden

Atlanta History Center
Laura Turner Seydel (Advisor)

Laura Turner Seydel (Advisor)

Turner Foundation and Captain Planet Foundation
Dorothy Winhold

Dorothy Winhold

Berkshire Hathaway

Scientific Advisory Board

Duncan Irschick

Duncan Irschick

University of Massachusetts, Amherst
John Jensen

John Jensen

Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Kevin Johnson

Kevin Johnson

Amphibian Ark
Tobias Landberg

Tobias Landberg

Arcadia University
Harold Mitchell

Harold Mitchell

US Fish and Wildlife Service
Susan Walls

Susan Walls

USGS - Amphibian Research & Monitoring Initiative



The Amphibian Foundation Logo

The Amphibian Foundation Logo

Larval Flatwoods Salamander

The Amphibian Foundation logo, which was drawn by AF Founder Mark Mandica, is a stylized depiction of the larval form of the Frosted Flatwoods Salamander (Ambystoma cingulatum). Salamanders in this family (Ambystomatidae) include the Spotted Salamander (A. maculatum), the Marbled Salamander (A. opacum) and the Axolotl (A. mexicanum)