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Health of amphibians in oil sand fields area assessed

wood frogBy Will Ferguson, WSU College of Arts and Science

The impact of pollutants from the world’s largest oil sand field on the health of amphibians marks the focus of a team of research biologists from Washington State University and Canada. » More …

Saving fish, amphibians, reptiles from pandemic

By Will Ferguson, College of Arts & Sciences

turtlePULLMAN, Wash. – Jesse Brunner did a double take as he surveyed a pond in southern Arizona’s San Rafael Valley. It was home to endangered tiger salamanders and, over the course of one week, every salamander Brunner could find was sick or dying. » More …

Studying amphibian declining numbers

They may have outlived dinosaurs, but amphibians increasingly struggle for survival in the 21st century.


More than 30 percent of species are listed as threatened or endangered. While scientists work to pinpoint causes for the decline, some suggest that amphibians — like canaries in a mine shaft — sound an ominous early warning for the rest of us.


Among those monitoring amphibians worldwide are WSU researchers Paul Verrell and Peter Ritson. Verrell, associate professor in the School of Biological Sciences, said concern about amphibian decline initially surfaced in 1989.


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