Townsend Receives Grant from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Posted on 6/12/2013 11:46:20 AM

Dr. Josiah TownsendThe School of Graduate Studies and Research is pleased to announce that Josiah Townsend, Department of Biology, in collaboration with PASO Pacifico, received a funding award from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the amount of $25,000 for the project “Amphibians in Decline.”

The project will look at the diversity of amphibians at a seasonal rainforest site in southwestern Nicaragua, and the potential impact of infection by the pathogenic fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), which has caused catastrophic declines in amphibian populations worldwide. The project will focus on characterizing the community composition and dynamics of stream-dwelling amphibians, and lay the groundwork for long-term monitoring of the frog community to detect shifts related to climate change.

IUP Biology M.S. student Melissa Medina-Flores is leading the amphibian study as part of her thesis research.