DR. PHIL BISHOP. IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group Co-Chair (2012-2020)
Dr. Phil Bishop was a Professor in the Department of Zoology at the University of Otago (New Zealand) and specialized in amphibian conservation until his unanticipated passing in 2021. He worked on amphibian behaviour and conservation for over 30 years, and had a MSc in Parasitology (University of Wales) and a PhD in Behavioural Ecology (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa). He was based at the University of Otago between 1997 and 2020 and 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 had extensive experience working with many different species of amphibians in several different countries. He published over 80 scientific papers and his latest research focused 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 was their Chief Scientist since its inception and until his passing. Phil was, and always will be, a foundational figure in global amphibian conservation.
DR. MARCILEIDA (Leida) DOS SANTOS. IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group Programme Officer (2015-2020)
Leida’s role was to help coordinate the running of the group, and act as lead contact for the ASG Secretariat for the Communication & Education Working Group. Leida dedicated over 25 years to research and education. Her PhD focused 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 the United Kingdom. Leida has led environmental education, citizen science and outreach programmes for several years, nationally and internationally.
DEBBIE BISHOP. IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group Administrator (2016-2020)
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 was the administrator for the ASG Secretariat.