Working Groups

Working Groups of AmphibiaWeb

Work on AmphibiaWeb is guided by the expertise and performed by the efforts of scientists and educators around the world who volunteer their time in focused working groups.

Taxonomy Working Group

Taxonomy is central to the AmphibiaWeb database.
The Taxonomy Working Group is responsible for adding newly described species, reviewing proposed taxonomic changes, and tracking the relevant scientific literature. They may add taxonomic notes to species pages to explain particularly complex decisions. Read their policies and criteria for decisions.
Member Affiliation Expertise
David Blackburn, Lead University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA African amphibians
Umilaela Arifin Zoologisches Museum Hamburg, Germany South East Asian amphibians
Alessandro Catenazzi Florida International University, Miami, Florida, USA South American amphibians
Chan Kin Onn National University of Singapore, Singapore South East Asian amphibians
Che Jing Kunming Institute of Zoology, Kunming, China Asian amphibians, especially in China
Sonali Garg University of Delhi, Delhi, India Asian amphibians, especially in India
Michelle Koo University of California, Berkeley, California, USA Informatics, North American amphibians
Jim McGuire University of California, Berkeley, California, USA South East Asian and North American amphibians
Ana Motta University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, USA South American amphibians
Gabriela Parra Olea Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México City, México Central American amphibians
Santiago Ron Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, Quito, Ecuador South American amphibians
Sean Rovito Laboratorio Nacional de Genómica para la Biodiversidad, Irapuato, México Central American amphibians
Jodi Rowley The Australian Museum, Sydney, Australia South East Asian, Australian and New Zealand amphibians

Conservation Working Group

Conservation is one of the pillars of AmphibiaWeb.
The Conservation Working Group is currently focused on revamping the resource pages on amphibian conservation, analysing global patterns of conservation for amphibians, and related tasks to keep the database updated.
Member Affiliation Experience
Emma Steigerwald, Lead University of California Berkeley Graduate student studying the response of Andean frogs to climate change and disease
Allie Byrne University of California Berkeley Postdoc focused on Bd and Bsal
Alessandro Catenazzi Florida International University Professor studying South American amphibians and disease
Julia Chen University of California, Berkeley Undergraduate apprentice in GIS
Michelle Koo University of California, Berkeley Curator and researcher in amphibian biogeography, conservation, and GIS
Julianne Oshiro University of California, Berkeley Undergraduate apprentice in GIS
Vance Vredenburg San Francisco State University Professor studying chytridiomycosis ecology, mitigation, and amphibian reintroduction

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