DR. PHIL BISHOP. IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group Co-Chair
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. He has extensive experience working with many different species of amphibians in several different countries. He has published over 80 scientific papers and his latest research focuses on amphibian reintroductions. In June 2011 an IUCN-led initiative called the Amphibian Survival Alliance (ASA) was set-up to coordinate the implementation of amphibian conservation at a global level and Phil has been their chief scientist since its inception. pbishop[at]amphibians.org.
DR. ARIADNE ANGULO. IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group Co-Chair
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, acted as Director of Conservation for the International Conservation Fund of Canada, and more recently acted as Interim Executive Director for the Amphibian Survival Alliance (ASA). aangulo[at]amphibians.org.
SALLY WREN. 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 (Leiopelmaspp), with particular emphasis on effective conservation planning, translocations and captive breeding. swren[at]amphibians.org.
JOS KIELGAST. 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 an 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.
DR. MARCILEIDA (Leida) M. DOS SANTOS. IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group Programme Officer
Leida’s role is to help coordinate the running of the group, and act as lead contact for the ASG Secretariat for the Communication & Education Working Group. Leida has dedicated over 25 years to research and education. She has a broad interest in conservation, and has worked with a variety of species. Over the last ten years she has focussed on amphibian conservation research. Her PhD focussed on the powerful role of conservation education in minimising global amphibian declines. She has extensive experience as an educator both for secondary and tertiary levels in Brazil, New Zealand and in the United Kingdom. Leida has led environmental education, citizen science and outreach programmes for several years, nationally and internationally. ldossantos[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.
DR. AMAËL BORZÉE. IUCN Amphibian Specialist Group Webmaster
Amaël is based in Seoul, Republic of Korea, and working on amphibian conservation and breeding behavior in North East Asia. His work so far was mostly dedicated to Hylids but he is now working on amphibians in general. He is currently doing a post-doc on amphibian behaviour, phylogeny, ecology and conservation at Ewha Woman’s University, Seoul, Republic of Korea. His PhD thesis was framed around what makes anuran species endangered. aborzee[at]amphibians.org.
JENNIFER LUEDTKE. IUCN SSC Amphibian Red List Authority Global Coordinator
Jennifer is the IUCN Red List Manager at Global Wildlife Conservation (GWC), which enables her to give about 80% of her time to ASG’s Amphibian Red List Authority. She was appointed to this ASG role in January 2015 after serving as deputy Coordinator for two years. She is based in the GWC office in Washington, D.C., USA. jluedtke[at]amphibians.org.
LOUISE HOBIN. IUCN SSC Amphibian Red List Authority Programme Officer
Louise is a Programme Officer for ASG’s Amphibian Red List Authority; her position is hosted by Synchronicity Earth, UK. Her time is wholly focused on the work of the ARLA. She joined the ARLA in March 2015 and is based in Cornwall, UK. lhobin[at]amphibians.org
KELSEY NEAM. IUCN SSC Amphibian Red List Authority Programme Officer
Kelsey is the IUCN Red List Officer at Global Wildlife Conservation (GWC), where about 90% of her time is dedicated to the work of the ARLA. She joined the ARLA in November 2015 and is based in the GWC office in Washington, D.C., USA. kneam[at]amphibians.org.
LAUREN WARR. IUCN SSC Amphibian Red List Authority Programme Officer
Lauren is an IUCN Red List Officer at Global Wildlife Conservation (GWC), where her time and focus is dedicated to the work of the ARLA. She joined the ARLA in February 2019 and is based in Houston, TX, USA. lwarr[at]amphibians.org.
DR. RUTH MARCEC-GREAVES. Amphibian Specialist Group Programme Officer
Dr. Ruth Marcec-Greaves is currently the Director of the Detroit Zoo’s National Amphibian Conservation Center. Ruth has a DVM (University of Illinois) and a PhD in Animal Physiology (Mississippi State University). During her PhD, Ruth’s dissertation focused on captive breeding of amphibians and developing amphibian assisted reproductive technologies for salamanders. Although her background is in reproduction, physiology, and veterinary medicine, Ruth participates in a wide variety of amphibian conservation efforts around the globe. Some of these efforts include: reintroductions and survivability monitoring, population surveys, epidemiology studies, habitat restoration, genetic studies, natural history research, and climate change issues. Ruth works with multiple organizations, including ASA, IUCN, and AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums) with the goal of encouraging collaboration between amphibian conservationists across multiple venues and multiple fields of expertise. Ruth is part of the team updating the Amphibian Conservation Action Plan.