'The Amphibian Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting individuals, communities and organizations in order to create and implement lasting solutions to the global amphibian extinction crisis'

Who We Are

 

Mark Mandica

Mark Mandica

Co-Founder, Executive Director. Mark is a life-long amphibian conservationist, and has led 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

Co-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.
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

  

Anna Mayrand

Anna Mayrand

Invertebrate Collection
Anthony Mandica

Anthony Mandica

Official Namer
Danielle Crownover

Danielle Crownover

Education and Outreach
Emma Slutsker

Emma Slutsker

Herpetology Lab
Erin Frew

Erin Frew

Flatwoods Salamander Lab
Gabe Andrle

Gabe Andrle

Collections
Jasmine Williamson

Jasmine Williamson

Special Collections
Juan Taquechel

Juan Taquechel

Special Collections
Ryan Myers

Ryan Myers

Invertebrate Collection
Tess Yaney

Tess Yaney

Photographer | Education and Outreach

 

Interns

  

Erica Fischer

Erica Fischer

Copperhead Rescue and Advocacy Program
Natalie Bauer

Natalie Bauer

Copperhead Rescue and Advocacy Program
Sophia Charuhas

Sophia Charuhas

Scientific Illustration

 

 Board of Directors

  

Jairo Garcia

Jairo Garcia

Michael Goldman

Michael Goldman

Jennifer Leavey

Jennifer Leavey

Georgia Tech
Joel Sartore

Joel Sartore

National Geographic & Photo Ark
Valerie Van Sweden

Valerie Van Sweden

Atlanta History Center
Laura Turner Seydel*

Laura Turner Seydel*

Captain Planet Foundation
(*board advisor)
Dottie Winhold

Dottie Winhold

Berkshire Hathaway

 

Scientific Advisory Board

  

Duncan Irschick

Duncan Irschick

University of Massachusetts
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

United States Geological Survey / Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative

 

What we do

 

  • Flatwoods Salamander Recovery Program

    Flatwoods Salamander Recovery Program

    2012 - PRESENT

    The Amphibian Foundation is working towards a comprehensive recovery plan for the imperiled Flatwoods Salamanders including captive breeding and experimental release into protected habitat.

    Partners: USFWS, GA DNR, USGS, VA Tech, SA Zoo, the Coastal Plains Institute, Fort Stewart and the FFWCC

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  • Gopher Frog Head-starting and Captive Breeding

    Gopher Frog Head-starting and Captive Breeding

    2009 - PRESENT

    We are working on conserving Georgia's rarest frog - the Carolina Gopher Frog (Rana capito) through assisted metamorphosis as well as captive breeding.

    Partners: GA DNR, Zoo Atlanta, UGA and USFWS

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  • Striped Newt Repatriation Program

    Striped Newt Repatriation Program

    2017 - PRESENT

    The Amphibian Foundation is working with many others towards a repopulating the imperiled Striped Newt (Notophthalmus perstriatus) including captive breeding and experimental release into protected habitat.

    Partners: Remote Footprints, Coastal Plains Institute, GA DNR, Florida Fish and Wildlife, Tall Timbers, Jacksonville Zoo, Central Florida Zoo, Lowry Park Zoo and Detroit Zoo

  • Metro Atlanta Amphibian Monitoring Program

    Metro Atlanta Amphibian Monitoring Program

    2013 - PRESENT

    We have proudly developed a Metro Atlanta Amphibian Monitoring Program with 40 monitoring sites in and around the 285 perimeter and is comprised of over 200 members!

    Partners: Adopt-a-Stream, GA DNR, Piedmont Park Conservancy, Fernbank Museum, Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve, South Fork Conservancy, Blue Heron Nature Preserve and the Atlanta Science Tavern and many others

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  • Adult and College Courses

    Adult and College Courses

    The Amphibian Foundation has developed a comprehensive educational program for adults including courses such as: The Biology of Amphibians, The Ecology and Conservation of Amphibians, Master Herpetologist and even an adult version of our Critter Camp — Critters & Cabernet!

    Partners: Agnes Scott, GA Tech, Zoo Atlanta

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  • Atlanta Urban Ecologists

    Atlanta Urban Ecologists

    2016 - PRESENT

    We are offering a year long Atlanta Urban Ecologists program to students (Grades 7 - 12) with regional experts in their repective fields.

    Partners: Atlanta Audubon, Trees Atlanta, the Chattahoochee Nature Center, Arabia Mountain and the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance

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  • Critter Camp

    Critter Camp

    2015 - PRESENT

    One of the most popular educational programs we have developed is Critter Camp! A five full day exploration into the world of reptiles and amphibians. A safe and hands-on experience for our critter campers, we spend the first day on salamanders, then frogs, then turtles, lizards and snakes. Over 200 animals are available for Critter Camp.

    Partner: The Friends School of Atlanta

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  • Education and Outreach

    Education and Outreach

    2009 - PRESENT

    One of the educational programs of the the Amphibian Foundation is the 2nd Grade Poison Frog Feeding Experiment. 2nd Graders learn how to raise Poison Frogs, design terraria, feed frogs, collect data and generate hypotheses. Groups of frogs are fed different prey items, and the groups growth rates can then be calculated and compared. Rainforest habitats can be studied so that accurate and healthy environments can be created in the classroom for keeping healthy frogs. Frogs are donated by The Amphibian Foundation and local Poison Frog breeders. (remember: Poison Frogs are safe and NOT toxic in captivity!)

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