What is the ASG?
The Amphibian Specialist Group is a global network of dedicated experts who donate their time and expertise to create a community from where practical amphibian conservation can be advanced based on a solid foundation of science. This global network consists of over 500 members in over 40 Regions/Countries enabling the ASG to act on a global scale. The mission of the ASG is to provide the scientific foundation to inform effective amphibian conservation action around the world.
Who are the ASG Chairs and what is their role?
The ASG is Co-Chaired by Dr. Phil Bishop and Dr. Ariadne Angulo. The Co-Chairs provide leadership and strategic direction of the ASG, maintaining overall responsibility for the governance, conduct and administration. The Co-Chairs are actively involved in pursuing the advancement of the ASG through collaborative relationships among diverse groups and organizations.
Who are the Program Officers and what are their roles?
Frequently the first point of contact with the ASG will be with Program Officers Sally Wren, Jos Kielgast, Helen Meredith and Leida dos Santos. The Program Officers support ASG components such as Amphibian Conservation Action Plan (ACAP) thematic working groups and regional groups. The Program Officers works with members around the world to develop and implement these ASG components, and are the best people to contact when developing amphibian conservation initiatives that fall within the mission of the ASG. The Program Officers play an important role in facilitating communication within the ASG network and help promote public awareness of the importance of amphibian conservation. In addition to communication responsibilities the Program Officers are also directly involved in a number of administrative processes relating to the efficient management of the ASG.
How do I join the ASG and what would my role be?
The appointing of members to Regional or Country ASG is typically undertaken through nomination by the Regional Chair(s) of that area. An individual’s nomination to the ASG will then be based on his/her interest in being part of the ASG, their willingness and commitment to proactively contribute to the group and the ASG mission through tangible actions and/or projects, and their expertise within the amphibian community. As within any such group, diversity of expertise is a benefit and for that reason the nomination of seasoned herpetologists through to early stage students are actively encouraged. The ASG is not an exclusive group; however, a certain level of expertise is required in order to ensure that the group maintains its role as an advisory authority in the field of amphibian conservation.
Who is my regional chair and what is their role?
To see who your regional chair is check the members page. ASG Regional/Country Chairs are influential representatives of the highest level of scientific rigour and credibility with regard to the conservation of amphibians within their remit. This places a very high degree of responsibility and accountability on all those agreeing to take on the role of a Regional/Country Chair. This role represents the ASG leadership for that particular region/country, and regional chairs maintain responsibility for the overall strategy and development of their respective group.
Do you provide funding for amphibian conservation?
The ASG occasionally has seed grants available in conjunction with the Amphibian Survival Alliance (ASA). ASG Seed Grants are one-time awards of between $500 and $1000 for research that furthers the Amphibian Specialists Group’s mission. Further information about our Seed Grants can be found here.
Can you help publicize the work of my amphibian project/conservation efforts?
Yes and it would be our pleasure. There are three main tools the ASG can use to help publicize your work; 1) amphibians.org website, 2) FrogLog and 3) Facebook. Each resource has its own value and audience so please contact us to discuss options.
Why do you have a Facebook page/why should I join?
Social media is an important tool in raising public awareness and communicating to a global audience in addition to facilitating the exchange of ideas and information among a community of like-minded individuals. The ASG Facebook page is growing on a daily basis and has proven to be a great resource for many herpetologists. You do not have to be a Facebook user to view our page so why not take a look to see what’s happening. We have had species identified, grants advertised and information requests answered, all on the Facebook page. The effectiveness of our Facebook page is dependent on our members, so please join, get your friends to join as well, and help publicize the work of the ASG, our members and all those working to conserve amphibians.
I want to join the ASG mailing list but don’t want to be receiving endless emails from you.
Email swren[at]amphibians.org with the subject heading “add me to mailing list” and don’t worry, we only send out one email occasionally on this mailing list. Alternatively, you can also subscribe to our newsletter below.
Tell me more about FrogLog
FrogLog is the quarterly ASG newsletter which aims to:
- Provide an update on developments and contributions towards meeting the Amphibian Conservation Action Plan’s (ACAP) priorities
- Provide news from the ASG and Amphibian Survival Alliance (ASA)
- Provide a summary of recent amphibian related publications
- Inform readers of upcoming events, funding opportunities etc.
FrogLog is not a scientific peer-reviewed journal but rather a resource for ASG members and amphibian conservationists in the wider community to use in order to keep abreast of current activities within the community. More information on FrogLog can be found here. All inquiries regarding FrogLog should be directed towards froglog[at]amphibians.org.
Are you responsible for the Red Listing process?
The Amphibian Red List Authority (RLA) is the branch of the ASG tasked with the upkeep of the amphibian database on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Please direct all Red Listing enquiries to Jennifer Luedtke, IUCN SSC Amphibian Red List Authority Coordinator. The ASG supports the Amphibian RLA’s activities through its membership.
If you have a question that hasn’t been addressed here please free to contact us and we will do our best to get back to you as soon as possible.