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    Passionate About Conservation
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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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Leadership Team

Mark Mandica

Mark Mandica

Founder, Executive Director

Mark is a life-long amphibian conservationist, and leads novel conservation strategies 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

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
Gabe Andrle

Gabe Andrle

Collections
Jasmine Williamson

Jasmine Williamson

Special Collections
Juan Taquechel

Juan Taquechel

Special Collections
Tess Yaney

Tess Yaney

Photographer


Interns

Dani Davis - Research Intern

Dani Davis

Research Intern
Dani Glover - Communications Intern

Dani Glover

Communications Intern
Eden Nitza - Turtle Study Intern

Eden Nitza

Research Intern
Roberto Valencia - International Intern (Ecuador)

Roberto Valencia

International Intern (Ecuador)
Sean Goggin - Turtle Study Intern

Sean Goggin

Research Intern
Sophia Charuhas - Scientific Illustration Intern

Sophia Charuhas

Scientific Illustration Intern
Victoria Gould - Communications Intern

Victoria Gould

Communications Intern

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



Partnerships

US Fish and Wildlife Service

US Fish and Wildlife Service

Flatwoods Salamander Recovery Team leader | We have worked with USFWS since 2012 on a recovery plan for the imperiled flatwoods salamanders - Ambystoma cingulatum and A. bishopi. Most recently, we are working with the service on the captive breeding and experimental release of Gopher Frogs, Rana capito.
US Geological Survey

US Geological Survey

Flatwoods Salamander Recovery Team member | We have partnered with USGS for two major initiatives. The first was in 2003 for a Critical Ecosystems project modeling amphibian communities in Everglades National Park, FL and most recently on the recovery plan for flatwoods salamanders.
Georgia Department of Natural Resources

Georgia Department of Natural Resources

Flatwoods Salamander Recovery Team member | We have partnered with GA DNR since 2009 on Gopher Frog, Flatwoods Salamander, and other native amphibian initiatives. We also work with them on outreach projects and amphibian monitoring in the state.
Florida Fish and Wildlife

Florida Fish and Wildlife

Flatwoods Salamander Recovery Team member | We work with FFWCC at the Florida sites for Ambystoma cingulatum, the Frosted Flatwoods Salamander, mostly with field sampling of larvae at St Marks WIldlife Refuge and Appalachicola National Forest. We also collaborate on the Striped Newt Repatriation Program.
The Turner Foundation

The Turner Foundation

The Turner Foundation has been a huge supporter of our work, particularly with the recovery of the federally listed Frosted Flatwoods Salamander. The Turner Foundation's support enabled us to build the Flatwoods Salamander Lab.
Blue Heron Nature Preserve

Blue Heron Nature Preserve

Blue Heron is our neighbor and partner, we have worked with them on a variety of urban conservation projects (including the turtle sanctuary outside the main building), given workshops and trained their interns to monitor amphibians at the preserve. We hope to continue projects into the future on urban and beaver-impacted wetlands in Atlanta, and building a center for urban ecology right here in Atlanta.
Global Wildlife Conservation

Global Wildlife Conservation

We work with GWC together in the fight against global extinctions. GWC is the fiscal sponsor of the Amphibian Foundation.
Amphibian and Reptile Conservancy

Amphibian and Reptile Conservancy

The Amphibian and Reptile Conservancy is a valuable partner and supporter of the Foundation. We have worked with ARC to provide a need-based scholarship program for our Critter Camps to insure that anyone who wants to join us for camp can! ARC also supports our critical conservation efforts for the Frosted Flatwoods Salamander.
Amphibian Survival Alliance

Amphibian Survival Alliance

We are excited to partner with the Amphibian Survival Alliance, and work in collaboration with a global newtwork to conserve amphibians with the Amphibian Conservation Action Plan (2006).
Amphibian Ark

Amphibian Ark

We serve as scientific consultants for Amphibian Ark, and work with them on captive husbandry and conservation breeding topics. We have partnered with AArk and Zoo Atlanta on developing and producing the North American Salamander Biology, Management and Conservation course #SalamanderSchool
PhotoArk

PhotoArk

We have worked with Joel Sartore on both his Photo Ark initiative and on the feature documentary — Racing Extinction. He is on our Board of Directors and has been a huge supporter of our work, including the incredible donation of his Vanishing Amphibians exhibit of incredible photography, which is on permanent display in our Amphibious AF Meeting Room.
Atlanta Science Tavern

Atlanta Science Tavern

We have partnered with the Atlanta Science Tavern many times over the last several years. The AST strongly supports and promotes the Metro Atlanta Amphibian Monitoring Program and our amphibian identification workshops. We also put on a joint production with the AST for the 'Ribbit Exhibit' a month-long gallery at Kavarna Coffee in Decatur featuring the scientific illustrations of our interns.
Georgia Reptile Society

Georgia Reptile Society

We partner with the Georgia Reptile Society to increase awareness of reptiles and amphibians and participate in their Georgia Reptile Experience. The GRS are huge supporters of the Amphibian Foundation, assisting us in the production of promotional materials to support the Foundation, and other fundraising opportunities.
Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech

We have partnered with GA Tech on many projects since 2010. From instructing classes such as 'The Biomechanics of Amphibian Feeding' and 'Drawing on Nature' to mentoring student interns in biology, conservation and scientific illustration. Most recently, researching performance and biomechanics of captive Gopher Frogs.
Agnes Scott College

Agnes Scott College

We are partnering with Agnes Scott College by developing two amphibian courses through the Continuing Education program and are open to adults (from any educational background) who would like to take a deep dive into the world of amphibians. The Biology of Amphibians, first offered in March 2018, and the Ecology and Conservation of Amphibians.
University of Georgia

University of Georgia

UGA is lead on Gopher Frog ecological research in Georgia. Particularly on the head-start initiative and experimental release at Williams Bluff. We partner with them on the ecological research portion of the Gopher Frog Experimental Release program as well as captive propagation and head-starting the baby Gopher Frogs.
Savannah River Ecology Lab

Savannah River Ecology Lab

We have partnered with staff from SREL for field sampling of the endangered Flatwoods Salamander in GA, FL and SC.
Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech

Flatwoods Salamander Recovery Team member | For many years, biologists from VA Tech have been researching the federally endangered Reticulated Flatwoods Salamander populations at Eglin Air Force Base in FL. We have been partnering with them since 2012 on the recovery of the Flatwoods Salamanders.
University of Massachusetts

University of Massachusetts

This all started at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, working in the Herpetology collections at the Massachusetts Museum of Natural History, and working in the departments of Biology as well as Wildlife and Conservation. Now we are working on the Digital Life Project - Frogs of the World with the Irschick Lab at UMass.
Berry College

Berry College

We are partnering with Berry College on a variety of biology, ecology and cosnervation projects in GA and their new Biological Research Station of 26,000 acres.
University of Oklahoma

University of Oklahoma

We are working with OU on the Digital Life - Frogs of the World Project.
Captain Planet

Captain Planet

We serve the Captain Planet Foundation as 'Conservation Heroes' working with regional schools on amphibian conservation based projects.
West Atlanta Watershed Alliance

West Atlanta Watershed Alliance

We have partnered with WAWA on several occasions such as Amphibian Monitoring, training young 'citizen scientists', bioblitzes at the Outdoor Recreation Center, and the Atlanta Urban Ecologists program. Most recently, we have partnered on a scholarship based Critter Camp for area youth.
Atlanta Audubon Society

Atlanta Audubon Society

AAS is our neighbor at the Blue Heron! We work with Atlanta Audubon on a 5-Star Grant to restore and monitor the Confluence of the north and south forks of Peachtree Creek in Atlanta. We are also partnering with AAS on the Atlanta Urban Ecologists program. We are working together with AAS and Blue Heron to establish a center for urban ecology.
Southeast Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation

Southeast Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation

We have worked closely with SEPARC over the past 8 years. We have designed the conference logos for each conference, presented at meetings, given scientific illustration workshops and currently serve on the steering committee.
Zoo Atlanta

Zoo Atlanta

We have worked closely with Zoo Atlanta on a variety of projects. Most recently, with the captive breeding, assisted metamorphosis and experimental release of Gopher Frogs, Lithobates capito. We also partner with the zoo and Amphibian Ark to develop and offer the North American Salamander Biology, Management and Conservation Course #SalamanderSchool. Most recently, we are partnering on the Master Herpetologist course offered at the Amphibian Foundation.
Orianne Society

Orianne Society

We have worked with the Orianne Society sampling for Flatwoods Salamanders (Ambystoma cingulatum) in southwestern GA. We are also illustrating their upcoming book, the Biology and Conservation of the Eastern Indigo Snake.
Central Florida Zoo

Central Florida Zoo

We partner with the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens in the Striped Newt Repatriation Project. Captive Breeding, Experimental Release and Monitoring of the imperiled Striped Newt (Notophthalmus perstriatus).
Lowry Park Zoo

Lowry Park Zoo

We partner with the Lowry Park Zo in the Striped Newt Repatriation Project. Captive Breeding, Experimental Release and Monitoring of the imperiled Striped Newt (Notophthalmus perstriatus).
San Antonio Zoo

San Antonio Zoo

Flatwoods Salamander Recovery Team member | We work closely with the Department of Conservation and Research at the San Antonio Zoo. We are mirroring each others' captive breeding programs as The Amphibian Foundation is working with Ambystoma cingulatum - The Frosted Flatwoods Salamander, and San Antonio is working with the Reticulated Flatwoods Salamander, Ambystoma bishopi.
Jacksonville Zoo

Jacksonville Zoo

We partner with the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens in the Striped Newt Repatriation Project. Captive Breeding, Experimental Release and Monitoring of the imperiled Striped Newt (Notophthalmus perstriatus).
Detroit Zoo

Detroit Zoo

We partner with the Detroit Zoo in the Striped Newt Repatriation Project. Captive Breeding, Experimental Release and Monitoring of the imperiled Striped Newt (Notophthalmus perstriatus).
Remote Footprints

Remote Footprints

We partner with Remote Footprints and the Coastal Plains Institute in the Striped Newt Repatriation Project. Captive Breeding, Experimental Release and Monitoring of the imperiled Striped Newt (Notophthalmus perstriatus).
Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Fernbank Museum of Natural History

Fernbank particpates in the Metro Atlanta Amphibian Monitoring Program and surveys Fernbank Forest for amphibians. The Amphibian Foundation also loaned Fernbank Museum Golden Poison Frogs (Phyllobates terribilis) from our conservation collection for their amazing Poison Exhibit in 2015. We participate annually in the 'Reptile Days' wildlife event at the museum.
Atlanta History Center

Atlanta History Center

The Atlanta History Center is a site for the Metro Atlanta Amphibian Monitoring Program and we have worked to train the staff there to properly identify amphibians. We have consulted with them on the design and construction of an articifial ephemeral wetland to attract imperiled Atlanta amphibian species. We are also working on a translocation program for Copperhead Snakes (Agkistrodon contortrix) with AHC turning their property into a no-kill, snake tolerant agency.
AdoptAStream

AdoptAStream

We work with Atlanta Adopt a Stream on our Metro Atlanta Amphibian Monitoring Program, and training 'citizen scientists' to monitor urban wetlands. We also love giving amphibian and turtle identification workshops at their annual Confluence conference for their hundreds of volunteers, which we have done for many years.
Chattahoochee Nature Center

Chattahoochee Nature Center

We have worked with CNC on educational and wildlife projects focused on amphibians. Most recently, we are working together to develop the Atlanta Urban Ecologists program. Our outreach and conservation collection even has some amphibians rehabilitated by their strong wildlife rehabilitation program.
Trees Atlanta

Trees Atlanta

We are partnering with Trees Atlanta on the 5-Star Grant for the restoration of the Confluence as well as most recently, with the Atlanta Urban Ecologists program.
Atlanta Science Festival

Atlanta Science Festival

We love participating and celebrating science at the Atlanta Science Festival. We do scientific illustration programs, citizen science programs, and conservation programs at the festival each year.
Atlanta Urban Ecologists

Atlanta Urban Ecologists

The Amphibian Foundation has partners with Atlanta Audubon, West Atlanta Watershed Alliance, Chattahoochee Nature Center, Arabia Mountain, Zoo Atlanta and Trees Atlanta to provide the Atlanta Urban Ecologists program for students grades 7 - 12. We get students outdoors with local experts in the field.
SalamanderFungus.org

SalamanderFungus.org

We serve on Communications and Outreach Team of the National Task Force for Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans. The task force is an ad hoc group of professionals dedicated to mitigating the impact of a devastating salamander disease.
The Friends School of Atlanta

The Friends School of Atlanta

We work closely with the Friends School of Atlanta and have provided reptile and amphibian educational programs in 1st and 2nd grades, as well as given annual 'status updates' on amphibian conservation to the entire student body. FSA also hosts Critter Camp each summer. Lastly, we have donated Poison Frogs and an axolotl to the school for research and observation.
Disappearing Frogs Project

Disappearing Frogs Project

We are excited to work with the DFP — both organizations use art to convey the importance of amphibians and amphibian conservation to the public. We are are now both part of the Amphibian Survival Alliance.
Kavarna

Kavarna

Kavarna Coffee is a long time partner in our mission, and has welcomed us to host many educational, outreach and exhibitions there. Kavarna in Oakhurst (Decatur) is a wonderful venue to hold free, easily accesible events for amphibian conservation and is where the 'Ribbit Exhibit' was first held in early 2016.
Project Lemur Frog

Project Lemur Frog

We have worked with Andrew Gray and Adam Bland from the Manchester Museum's Vivarium's 'Project Lemur Frog' for a many years — exchanging amphibian conservation and husbandry techniques, staff — even frogs!
Rattlesnake Conservancy

Rattlesnake Conservancy

At the Foundation, we are vocal advocates of snake conservation, and form partnerships with conservation agencies such as the Rttlesnake Conservancy. We provide a site for their Venomous Training, Handling and Certtification Program in Atlanta, and use their protocols for handling venomous snakes in the field and in captivity.
Remembrance Day for Lost Species

Remembrance Day for Lost Species

We have partnered with the ONCA movement 'Rememberance Day for Lost Species' (lostspeciesday.org) to help to get the message out for the extinction crisis out on a global level. Lost Species Day is November 30th.
Tall Timbers

Tall Timbers

Tall Timbers is one of our partners on the Striped Newt Repatriation Project. Part of our captive breeding colony came from the Dixie Plantation which is managed by Tall Timbers. We are grateful for this partnership and look forward to continued conservation efforts with TT in northern Florida
Save the Salamanders

Save the Salamanders

We are partnering with Matt Ellerbeck and Save the Salamanders to carry the conservation message and help people to understand the importance of salamanders and maintaining healthy salamander biodiversity.
Tangled Bank Conservation

Tangled Bank Conservation

We partner with Tangled Bank Conservation on their genetics work for flatwoods salamanders, a critically imperiled salamander species endemic to the Longleaf Pine Ecosystem.
Georgia Crickets

Georgia Crickets

Though we have been getting our crickets from Georgia Crickets for 10 years, we recently formed a partnership to support the Georgia native captive propagation programs here at the Foundation. GC sponsors the native animals in our outdoor lab, the Amphibian Research and Conservation Center, providing them with supplemental food to insure they stay healthy.
The Turtle Conservancy

The Turtle Conservancy

We partner with the Turtle Conservancy on turtle outreach and educational programs featuring critically endangered species produced in captivity at TC facilities. Species include Geochelone platynota and Chelodina mccordi.
Environmental Voter Project

Environmental Voter Project

There are 15 million registered voters in the US that care about environmental issues, but don’t turn out to vote. We can change that, and it starts now.
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)