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Assists Amphibian Ark partners in identifying priority taxa and regions for ex situ conservation work using the Conservation Needs Assessment process (http://www.ConservationNeeds.org).
Also develop communications strategies, messages, newsletters and other materials to promote understanding and action on behalf of amphibian conservation and assist AArk partner organizations in reaching multiple audiences within AArk organizations, the conservation community, governments, and the public.
Co-Chair of the IUCN ASG Captive Breeding Working Group.
I currently co-ordinate amphibian conservation programs at Taronga Zoo, including those for species such as the northern and southern corroboree frog and yellow-spotted bell frog. This has previously included other threatened species such as the Booroolong frog, green and golden bell frog and alpine tree frog.
I am also co-convenor of the ZAA (Zoo and Aquarium Association) Amphibian TAG.
I have assisted Amphibian Ark to instruct amphibian conservation and husbandry workshops in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand.
Andrea Gielens has a Bachelors degree in zoology and animal behaviour and a Masters degree in Environmental Management. She has worked both in Canada and Europe, at Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, with captive breeding, augmentation and in situ conservation programs for many species of amphibians and chelonians. She has worked extensively with both the Oregon Spotted frog Recovery Team (since 2006) as well as the Western Painted Turtle Recovery team (since 2010) both in the field and with the augmentation and population recovery programs for both species. She focuses on working with multi species wetland conservation initiatives including restoration, augmentation, and monitoring.
Sandra Gomez is Animal Husbandry from the La Salle University in Bogota, she got a Diploma Course at the International Training Center at Jersey Zoo UK in 2003, she is doing a Master in Environmental Management, she is a University Teacher in Bogotá, she started work at Santacruz Zoo in 2000, as a Coordinator of the Nutrition department, moved to education conservation Department in 2004.
She works in different conservation projects in animal husbandry an environmental education with local communities. At the institution, it will be running different research in Amphibians from the High Mountains in Colombia, related with species identification, habitat conditions, morphotypes, captive husbandry, in situ nutritional studies, acoustic and others.
As part of my researcher and lecturer job at Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Ecuador, I am in charge of one of the oldest and largest amphibian conservation facilities in Ecuador. Our center keeps over 40 species of ambibians, so our skills include fieldwork, in situ and ex situ research, and husbandry, that we are very open to share with colleagues.
Curator of Amphibians at Museo de Zoología, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador (PUCE). His past and current research has focused on the study of amphibian population declines in the tropical Andes. The amphibian division at Museo de Zoología PUCE hosts Balsa de los Sapos, one of the largest captive breeding facilities in Latin America.
IUCN Amphibian Breeding Group specialist on salamanders, Co-President of the French Urodela Group (FUG) and author of the book Les Urodeles du Monde (Salamanders of the World). FUG has experienced in maintaining 200 species of salamanders of which more than 100 have been reproduced in captivity.
I am a scientist at the Department of Animal Ecology and Conservation Biology at the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun. I have been involved in field research of reptiles and amphibians in India for more than fifteen years.
My research interests are identifying drivers of herpetofaunal endemism, ecology of endangered herp species, development of field techniques for the study of rare and endangered species. I am presently the Co-Chair of the Amphibian Specialist Group for South Asia region excluding Sri Lanka.
GERARDO GARCÍA was born in Barcelona (1969, Spain) is the Curator of Lower Vertebrates and Invertebrates for Chester Zoo since March 2012.
He has been Head of the Herpetology Department at Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust based in Jersey, United Kingdom (UK) since 2003 until 2012. His herpetological career started at Barcelona Zoo and at the Science Museum of Barcelona (CosmoCaixa) up until 1996 when he moved to work at Thoiry Zoo (Paris, France).
Gerardo completed a Ph.D. at the Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE), University of Kent on the “Ecology, human impact, and conservation of the Madagascan side-necked turtle (Erymnochelys madagascariensis) at Ankarafantsika National Park”, where he lived for two years during his data collection and field work in Madagascar. Gerardo analyzed his data and began to write his thesis at the Laboratoire des Reptiles et Amphibiens, Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle of Paris, moving to Jersey in 2001.
His work with amphibians began in 1992 at the Barcelona Zoo being involved during the early years of the Recovery Programme for the Mallorcan midwife toad. Since then he has been involved with captive breeding programs of reptiles and amphibians in several institutions, linking ex situ with in situ conservation in Jersey (Rana dalmatina and Bufo bufo), Montserrat/Dominica (Leptodactylus fallax), Madagascar (Erymnochelys madagascariensis, Pyxis planicauda, Astrochelys yniphora, Mantella aurantiaca, M. cowani), Spain (Alytes obstetricans and Rana iberica), Mauritius (Nactus coindemirensis and Gongylomorphus fontenayi sp.) and recently in Bermuda (Plestiodon longirostris). During the last few years he has been involved in various training initiatives for amphibians around the world (Colombia, Dominica, France, Germany, India, Madagascar, Mexico, Spain, Montserrat, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sweden and Venezuela), improving the husbandry protocols of captive colonies and diverse in situ programs such as the Mountain chicken frogs (EAZA EEP Coordinator), genus Alytes and Rana in Spain and the amphibians of Jersey. Since 2012 he is also EAZA EEP Studbook Coordinator for the Komodo dragons and 2016 for the Achoques (Ambystoma dumerilii).
Gerardo has been actively involved in the European Association of Zoos and Aquariums (EAZA) as chair of the Amphibian Taxon Advisory Group (ATAG) and vice-chair for the Reptile TAG. He’s also member of several IUCN Specialist Group. His major goal is to bring in situ conservation and research for these programs into the core of the EAZA. Gerardo was actively involved in the development of the Amphibian Campaign of the Year of the Frog 2008 and co-directed the first amphibian conservation courses in Europe for Zoos and Aquariums in 2006 continuing until now.
During his first three years at Chester Zoo has been directly involved on the development of the large collection of reptiles, amphibians, fishes and invertebrates to the new projects. One of the greatest developments is the Collection Plan for the development of the new project of Islands with more than 60 species. He also developed the in situ conservation programmes linked with his Departments in countries like Mexico, Madagascar and Indonesia as the diverse applied research projects to support animal welfare and conservation.
Gerardo also takes a great interest in raising the profile of the programmes within both specialist groups and the general public. In his spare time he also assisted other zoological institutions in the development of their animal collections, design exhibits, training staff and off show facilities for reptiles and amphibians and in the development of new conservation programs.
Jennifer’s professional zoo experience includes her current position as a curator at the Woodland Park Zoo, where she oversees the endangered Oregon spotted frog and Western pond turtle head starting and release programs. She has taught amphibian husbandry courses through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Amphibian Management School and also in Madagascar and Colombia. In her former position as the curator of herpetology at the Bronx Zoo/Wildlife Conservation society, she worked on the Kihansi spray toad reintroduction program. Jenny has described 21 species of frogs and toads new to science and published more than 25 peer-reviewed papers. Her experience with reintroduction projects has enabled her to become well versed on issues particular to the conservation and reintroduction of endangered species. She currently is an affiliate curator at the University of Washington’s Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture and serves on the Board of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists and as the Co-Chair of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Amphibian Taxon Advisory Group.