The Amphibian Survival Alliance and Andrew Sabin Family Foundation are thrilled to announce Darrel R Frost as the winner of the 2013 Sabin Award for Amphibian Conservation. The annual award, now in its seventh year, recognizes outstanding contributions by individuals to the field of amphibian conservation and research. Darrel was selected from an exceptional list of candidates, with a nomination that was supported by 35 amphibian experts across the world.
Darrel feels strongly that meticulously prepared catalogues help knit the world’s scientific community together by providing workers in the developing world with access to current literature and up-to-date summaries of our knowledge of the biodiversity of living amphibians. When it comes to catalogues for amphibian species, few come close to the Amphibian Species of the World (ASW), through which Darrel has contributed what many consider to be the most significant single work in the history of amphibian biology.
For three decades ASW has been the primary reference for amphibian taxonomy. By providing a centralized source of taxonomic and geographic information that is otherwise scattered across a vast literature, ASW facilitates and enables research in systematics and provides easy access to this information for workers in fields like conservation biology and ecology. ASW is also the authority database used by numerous governmental and non-governmental organizations and other online databases to obtain information on amphibian taxonomy.
The Amphibian Survival Alliance, the world’s largest partnership for amphibian conservation, has featured Darrel as their first “Amphibian Champion” to honor his contribution to the field (http://www.amphibians.org/amphibian-champions/).