The Amphibian Conservation Research Symposium (ACRS) is the only international symposium dedicated specifically to the sharing of research and strategies to empower the future of amphibian conservation. ACRS helps to bring together amphibian conservationists and researchers from around the world to gain experience, learn new ideas and make contacts. With a strong focus on early career conservation and research practitioners, ACRS is helping to build a future for global amphibian conservation efforts.

The first ACRS was held in Manchester in 2012, with subsequent meetings at the Natural History Museum London in 2013, Zoological Society of London in 2014, and at the University of Cambridge in 2015. Originally intended to bring together amphibian conservation researchers from all fields and backgrounds, including academics, vets, zoo communities and field biologists, ACRS has continued to remain true to it roots. In 2015 ACRS has been adopted, through a joint initiative, by the Amphibian Survival Alliance (ASA), the world’s largest partnership for amphibian conservation and the IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group (ASG), the largest network of the world’s leading amphibian experts providing scientific guidance to amphibian conservation.

The ASA and ASG have long acknowledged the need for better global collaboration in addressing amphibian declines and extinctions and ACRS provides a unique opportunity to come together as a community to share experiences, research and opportunities to advance amphibian conservation.

Each year ACRS brings together individuals who present talks and posters detailing evidence-based approaches and management strategies that promote amphibian conservation. Previous topics have covered disease, ecotoxicology, genetics, ex situ husbandry, captive breeding, reintroduction programs, surveying techniques, habitat utilization, in situ programs, amphibian trade and urban ecology.

We understand that the future of amphibian conservation, research and education will depend on what we do now as a community. ACRS provides us with a chance to work together and support the amphibian conservation leaders of tomorrow, helping to develop them into the well-grounded, experienced and well-connected leaders we need to make a real difference.

Executive Committee

  • Rachael Antwis, University of Salford, UK
  • Candace Hansen-Hendrikx, Amphibian Survival Alliance, Canada
  • Christopher Michaels, ZSL London Zoo, UK
  • Helen Meredith, Amphibian Survival Alliance, UK
  • Collin VanBuren, University of Cambridge, University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute, UK
  • Phil Bishop, IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group/Amphibian Survival Alliance, New Zealand
  • Ariadne Angulo, IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group, Canada
  • Richard Griffiths, Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology, University of Kent, UK
  • Gemma Harding, Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology, University of Kent, UK

If you have any questions or would like further information about the 2016 Amphibian Conservation Research Symposium, please contact:acrs@amphibians.org

ACRS Canterbury 2017

June 23 – 25, 2017

  • January, 2017 – registration opens
  • March 2, 2017 –  abstract deadline (posters, oral presentation)
  • April 2, 2017- registration closes

Registration is now open. Please book your registration, accommodation etc and make your payment here.

Location

University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, England, CT2 7NR. In Marlowe Building Lecture Theatre 1 and atrium.

Map and detailed venue information can be found HERE.

2017 Keynote Speakers

  • Helen Meredith (Amphibian Survival Alliance)
  • Phil Bishop (IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group)
  • Jean-Marc Hero (Griffith University)

Abstract Submission

ACRS invites submissions of abstracts of posters and oral presentations. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 2 March 2017.

Oral presentations will be organised in 15 min slots including questions, and further instructions for both talks and posters will be provided in due course. Please state whether your presentation should be considered for an oral presentation OR poster. If you have no preference then write: ‘Oral presentation/poster’. The ACRS committee will notify all authors after the closing date whether their abstract has been accepted, and reserve the right to transfer oral presentations to the poster session if necessary.

Please prepare your abstract as a Word file using Arial 12 pt font and single spacing using the format exactly as shown below. Note that the title and presenting author should be emboldened, and email address of presenting author provided. Author affiliations should be indicated using numbered superscripts.

Maximum length is 200 words. Please save your file as: ‘SurnameACRS.doc’ an email to acrs@amphibians.org.

Presentation type: Oral presentation/poster

Are amphibian reintroductions conforming to IUCN protocols?

Gemma Harding1, Dave Harding2, Richard A. Griffiths1

1Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology, University of Kent

2Department of Herpetology, Swindon Polytechnic

Email: Gemma.Harding@davesville.org

Despite the existence of guidelines and best practice procedures, many reintroductions take place without considering all the necessary information. This study assessed amphibian reintroductions against a set of ten criteria adapted from existing recommendations and guidelines relating to species reintroduction. All programmes were compliant with criteria relating to reintroductions of threatened populations and species. However, not all programmes had sufficient resources to meet their goals or could assess whether viable populations could be established following reintroduction. Reintroduction programmes of longer duration and higher success were shown to meet reintroduction criteria more completely, indicating that a programme needs to run for around 15 years or more in order to show a high level of success. In general successful programmes were long-running, supported by an evidence base of published data and were led by strong collaborations between government agencies, NGOs and zoos.

“Future Leaders of Amphibian Conservation” Award

This program is an annual award to a number of early career conservationists from around the world who have been identified as Future Leaders of Amphibian Conservation. We are looking for individuals in the early stages of their career who have evidence of contributing to successful conservation initiatives in the past, and who wish to conduct or continue with a particular conservation project or research agenda that will directly improve the survival of amphibians in the wild.

The application form to become a Future Leader of Amphibian Conservation can be downloaded HERE. Applications are submitted by email to acrs@amphibians.org. Further information is detailed on the application form.

The award will provide Future Leaders with a grant to attend and present at Amphibian Conservation Research Symposium in that year, as well as on-going mentorship via the ACRS Steering Committee, and access to an online forum to discuss ideas, solve problems, and obtain information via previous and current Future Leaders.

It is our intention to provide Future Leaders with the tools to build a support network of experts, organizations and funders that will help them achieve their conservation goals and, most importantly, become the next generation of prominent researchers in amphibian conservation.