IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group Secretariat

 

DR. PHIL BISHOP

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Co-Chair of the IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group and Professor in the Department of Zoology at the University of Otago

Dr. Phil Bishop is currently a Professor in the Department of Zoology at the University of Otago (New Zealand) and specializes in amphibian conservation. He has been working on amphibian behavior and conservation for over 30 years, and has a MSc in Parasitology (University of Wales) and a PhD in Behavioural Ecology (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa). He has been based at the University of Otago since 1997 and has played an important role in developing conservation action plans and raising public awareness about the very primitive frog genus (Leiopelma) found only in New Zealand (see www.nzfrogs.org). He has extensive experience working with many different species of amphibians in several different countries. He has published over 50 scientific papers and his latest research focuses on the amphibian chytrid fungus and reintroductions. In June 2011 an IUCN-led initiative called the Amphibian Survival Alliance (ASA) was set-up and Phil was seconded on a 50% basis as their chief scientist. The ASA was established to coordinate the implementation of amphibian conservation at a global level. pbishop[at]amphibians.org 

DR. ARIADNE ANGULO

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Co-Chair of the IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group

Ariadne completed a Master’s degree in Conservation Biology at the University of Kent and a PhD in Zoology at the University of Toronto. Her research interests include bioacoustics, conservation, ecology, evolutionary biology and systematics of amphibians. She became involved with amphibian conservation assessments as a coordinator and assessor in the Global Amphibian Assessment (GAA); she subsequently coordinated an amphibian research and conservation project in the tropical Andes, worked as Amphibian Red List Authority (RLA) Coordinator overseeing the maintenance and curation of the amphibian database on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, and more recently acted as Director of Conservation for the International Conservation Fund of Canada. aangulo[at]amphibians.org

JENNIFER LUEDTKE

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Amphibian Red List Authority Coordinator

Jennifer Luedtke oversees the maintenance and curation of the amphibian database on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. She was appointed to this role in January 2015 after serving as Deputy Coordinator for two years. Jennifer has a B.S. in Environmental Science and an M.A. in Historical and Systematic Theology from Wheaton College (Illinois, USA). She conducted her field work with the US Forest Service in the Klamath-Siskiyou bioregion of northern California and collaborated at sites in coastal Kenya, British Columbia, and the western suburbs of London, UK. She is based in the IUCN Species Survival Commission Chair’s office in Bath, UK. jennifer.luedtke[at]iucn.org

DR. HELEN MEREDITH

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IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group Programme Officer

Helen’s role within the ASG is to help with its coordination, ensuring that the group continues to meet its commitments to maintaining and updating the Amphibian Conservation Action Plan (ACAP), and keeping members informed of developments. Specifically, Helen is ASG Secretariat Lead Contact of the ASG Species Conservation Strategies Working Group of the ACAP. Helen coordinated the EDGE Amphibians conservation initiative at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) for 5 years, developing conservation programmes for evolutionarily distinct and threatened species and raising awareness of the plight of amphibians globally. She recently completed a PhD based at the Institute of Zoology (ZSL) and the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (University of Kent) entitled “Improving the impact of amphibian conservation”, which focused on developing the practice of evidence-based conservation decision-making. hmeredith[at]amphibians.org

SALLY WREN

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IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group Programme Officer

Sally led the recent update of the Amphibian Conservation Action Plan (ACAP), and will continue to ensure that the ACAP is regularly updated as a living document. Sally is co-facilitator of the ASG Species Conservation Strategies Working Group, which is working to implement ACAP priority actions on this subject. She is also the ASG Secretariat Lead Contact on the subjects of reintroductions and captive breeding. Prior to working with the ASG Sally spent several years at the Zoological Society of London; there she worked on IUCN Red List assessments of freshwater fish and reptile species for the Red List Index, helped develop the EDGE Amphibians conservation initiative, and managed both the EDGE Fellows Programme, which provides financial support and training for aspiring conservationists from developing countries, and ZSL’s Mongolia Programme. Sally has a BSc in Zoology from Imperial College London, an MSc in Conservation from University College London, and is currently working towards a PhD at the University of Otago, which focuses on improving conservation methods for the native New Zealand frogs (Leiopelma spp), with particular emphasis on effective conservation planning, translocations and captive breeding. swren[at]amphibians.org

JOS KIELGAST

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IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group Programme Officer

Jos’s role within the ASG is to help coordinate the running of the group, ensuring members are kept informed of developments and the group continues to meet its commitments to maintaining and updating the ACAP. Jos has been interested in amphibians since he was a tadpole. He holds and MSc. in biology and is currently working on his PhD at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. He has a broad interest in ecology, evolution and conservation and worked with a variety of topics all sharing a context amphibian biology. His research has focused on the epidemiology of amphibian chytridiomycosis in Africa and Europe, biodiversity and systematics of amphibians in central Africa and more lately using environmental DNA to study amphibians and other aquatic animals. jkielgast[at]amphibians.org

LEIDA DOS SANTOS

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IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group Programme Officer

Leida’s role is to help coordinate the running of the group and to oversee the ASG/ASA Youth Program. Leida is an experienced science (Biology, Physics and Chemistry) teacher who taught science at national and international levels in South America and Europe. Leida has been involved with Environmental Education for several years. She was the associated editor for the British Herpetological Journal, as well as active member of KRAG (Kent Reptile and Amphibian Group). She is currently an ambassador for FutureInTech in New Zealand. She holds a 1st BSc in Science Pontificia Universidade Cathólica de Minas Gerais- Brazil, a Qualification Teachers Status from Teaching Training Agency, London UK, an MSc on Biodiversity Management from University of Kent, Canterbury, UK, and is currently pursuing her PhD at the University of Otago, New Zealand. Her project focus is on “Using Environmental Education to Prevent Further Amphibian Declines”. ldossantos[at]amphibians.org

REBECCA CHOQUETTE

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Honolulu Zoo – Amphibian Specialist Group Programme Officer for Southeast Asia

Rebecca’s role within the ASG, under the auspices of the Honolulu Zoo, is to help develop and implement targeted priority conservation actions in the Southeast Asian region and support those working in the region.   She has been a reptile and amphibian keeper for over 20 years and has been instrumental in developing and implementing the Honolulu Zoo’s amphibian captive breeding, education, and conservation programs. She has a BA in Zoology from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and a passion for all things amphibian-related. rchoquette[at]amphibians.org

DEBBIE BISHOP

IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group Administrator

Debbie has had a lot of experience in the field working on frogs around the globe as a research assistant since 1985. Although her background is in desktop publishing, administration and human acoustics she has a passion for wildlife and the outdoors. She is currently based in New Zealand and is the administrator for the ASG Secretariat. asg[at]amphibians.org