Mountain yellow-legged frog takes the spotlight at second SNARL talk, June 9

Dr. Tom Smith will be in town next Tuesday to talk about the status of this local amphibian; the Eastern Sierra native amphibian has been at the center of political and environmental arguments for decades. Photo/Wikemedia Commons.
Staff Writer

Ever want to know more about those beautiful high country lakes or wonder about the population of the Mountain Yellow-legged frogs in our Sierra Nevada lakes?

The second SNARL/Green Church talk, “The Impacts of Mountain Yellow-legged Frog Declines on Algae and Insect Communities in the Sierra Nevada Lakes" is June 9 at 7 p.m. at the SNARL campus, with Dr. Thomas Smith, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology, University of CA, Santa Barbara speaking about how he uses field experiments and observations to study community ecology, aquatic ecology, and disease ecology, with an emphasis on the Sierra Nevada. In fact, according to SNARL officials, for his recently completed dissertation, he studied how disease-driven extinctions of Mountain yellow-legged frogs affect these communities in the Sierra Nevada. "Dr Smith is looking forward to continuing to work on mountain yellow-legged frog conservation, and continuing to describe large scale patterns of biodiversity in the Sierra Nevada," according to a news release. "He also has interests in disease ecology and has studied avian, lizard, and human malarias."

Please note that the SNARL Lecture Series has moved from the Green Church and now will be held on campus at the Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Laboratory (1016 Mt. Morrison Rd).

This is the second of a series of 6 lectures that occur on the Tuesday evenings of June (2), 9, 16, 23, 30, and July 7 and each lecture topic consists of an exciting and current topic of scientific research of our local area. Lectures are free and open to the public but not recommended for young children. Lectures begin promptly, so please allow 15 minutes for parking and settling into your seat. —WG