The microbiome research at AF looks at the microbiological communities on the skin and in the gut of amphibian species known for being good 'invaders' of new geographic regions. Two notorious amphibian invaders (and there are more) are the American Bullfrog, Lithobates catesbeianus and African Clawed Frog, Xenopus laevis.

 

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    Jake (Research Assistant) marveling at a late-stage Tiger Salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum) siredon.

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    Marbled Salamander (Ambystoma opacum) in an outdoor mesocosm. This male is one of the founding group used to spawn healthy offspring for repatriation studies in metro Atlanta.

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    Sasha (Amphibian Disease Biologist) snaps a shot in Pettyjohn Cave, one of our field sites for conservation research.

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    Tristan (Research Assistant) rather pleased at detecting Gopher Frog (Rana capito) eggs at a WMA in South Georgia.

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    Friends and colleagues Anthony Herrell and Isabella Toussaint (left) visiting a constructed wetland at the Atlanta History Center, a project led by Brett and Travis (right) at the AHC.

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    Maura (AF Urban Ecologist, second from left) and the Bridge team detecting a Marbled Salamander in an Atlanta forest.

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    Sasha (AF Amphibian Disease Biologist) recording swab data with the Research team at Pigeon Mountain WMA.

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    John (Consulting Biologist with AF) and Roxana (Research Coordinator) detecting a Siren at Joint Base Charleston, SC.

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    Michaela (AF Inventory Specialist, left) and Einola (Research Assistant) find a Common Snapper on the Blue Heron Nature Preserve, where AF is located.

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    Connor, Research Assistant in the Bridge excited at his plethodontid detection

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    Anthony Herrell and Isabella Toussaint saving larval Frosted Flatwoods Salamanders from dessication and delivering them to AF for inclusion in the Frosted Flatwoods Salamander Conservation redding Working Group

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    John Jensen, legendary and now retired state herpetologist for Georgia Department of Natural Resources shows students a Gopher Frog during the in-person Master Herpetologist Program

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    Anthony Herrell recording feeding data via high speed videography on larval and aquatic salamander feeding mechanisms

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    The Research team collecting trash data for a study on the impact of litter on stream health in Atlanta

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    Jack, Research Assistant marveling at one of the many resident Snapping Turtles on the nature preserve where AF is located

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    Kevin (AF Staff Photographer) and Roxana (AF Research Coordinator) @ Joint Base Charleston, SC

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    Jin and Einola, AF Research Assistants detect a hatchling Box Turtle at Blue Heron Nature Preserve

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    Caset Perkins, former Research Assistant in the Bridge and current Field Biologist @ AF gives his research symposium presenting the work he accomplished in the Bridge.

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    Morning Mesocosm Madness at MetaMo - the nickname for Metamorphosis Meadow, which in turn is the nickname for the Amphibian Research and Conservation Center (ARCC). ARCC is comprosded of 33 artifical and experimentally controllable wetlands called mesocosms. Each mesocosm holds a population of imperiled amphibians, such as Gopher Frogs and Flatwoods Salamanders, and also populations of local amphibians for repatriation and restoration projects like Spotted and Marbled Salamanders.

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    Sarah (left) Research Assistant with Claire, former AF volunteer and current staff in the Herpetology Department at Jacksonville Zoo.

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    Mark (right) and Anthony Mandica in a swamp looking for Flatwoods Salamanders at Fort Stewart, Liberty County, GA

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    Jack, Research Assistant using the right tool for the job — measuring the carapace length of a Stinkpot.

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    Einola, Research Assistant checking on one of the few Blue-sided Leaf Frogs remaining in the US.

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    Anthony Herrell, visiting scholar @ AF, giving a lecture on the feeding mechanisms of salamanders

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    Anthpony (left) and Crystal Mandica, with a team of volunteers getting ready to introduce our lab-reared adult Gopher Frogs into their outdoor mesocosms.

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    A Striped Newt survey team involving AF's Bridge, as well as Ryan from the Coastal Plains Institute (far left), Pierson from FWC (foot on large green net), and John (in the DNR shirt) from Georgia DNR

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    The breeding enclosures in the Frosted Flatwoods Salamander Lab. On the left is an indoor mesocosm, inhabited by 12 Frosties, and on the right are AF's Ecotonal Rainchambers, which mimics the nesting sites of flatwoods salamanders to encourage breeding.

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    Conoor (left) and Casey, Research Assistants in the Bridge, taking a quick break from dipnetting.

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    Jin, Research Assistant, enjoying the pleasant company of one of the Snapping Turtles occupying the nature preserve where Af is located: Blue Heron Nature Preserve.

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    John Jensen, legendary and now retired state herpetologist for Georgia DNR, teaching the native amphibians portion of the in-person Master Herpetologist Program.

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    Kevin Blackwell, AF Staff Photographer, feeling pretty good about detecting an endangered Chamberlain's Dwarf Salamander during a survey of Joint Base Charleston, SC.

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    Mark Mandica, Co-founder of AF, showing of a larval FRosted Flatwoods Salamander he dipnetted in the last known occupied wetland in the state for the species (Fort Stewart, Liberty County, GA).

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    Recently certified Master Herpetologists visit the mesocosms at AF's Amphibian Research and Conservation Center.

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    Jen, Research Assistant, looking for recently metamorphosed Gopher Froglets in an outdoor mesocosm.

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    One of the study sites for our microbiome research in Arizona. In this wetland lives a population of introduced African Clawed Frogs. Casey, AF Field Biologist has deployed Hydromoths — underwater frogloggers — to see if we can use these devices to detect Clawed Frog calls. The Hydromoth is attached to that white PVC pipe.

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    Ian, Research assistant, works on his venomous snake handling technique, while other Research Assistants safely watch.

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    John Palis, Consulting Biologist with our Bridge program, looking rather pleased with his Maybee's Salamander larva detection.

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    Ryan Means (left) with the Coastal Plains Institute, and Leslie Phillips (AF), attempting to identify a tadpole in John Jensen's (GA DNR) hand.

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    Kate, a student in Agnes Scott's Biology of the Amphibians course, assisting with surveys at Fort Stewart, Liberty County, GA

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    A Green Salamander being swabbed for amphibian disease by the Conservation Research Bridge Program.

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    Volunteers Barb and Emma assist our Research Team (Bridge) in surveying Gopher Tortoise burrows with our 'Burrow Cam' for Gopher Frogs. Gopher Frogs are one of hundreds of species that occupy Gopher Tortoise burrows.

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    Conservation Research Bridge Program faculty, staff, and Research Assistants meeting with Georgia DNR outside of Pettyyjohn Cave, part of Crockford-Pigeon Mountain WMA.

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  • TortoiseBurrowCam
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