Supported Projects


****Note: RANA no longer has funds to support projects****


"Long-term Monitoring of Puerto Rican Amphibian and Dissemination of Results" by Patricia Burrowes and Rafael Joglar. $2,000 for a brochure on amphibian declines in Puerto Rico, page charges for a paper in Herpetologica, and field trips to a monitoring site.

"Frogs of the Genus Telmatobius in Ecuador " by Andrés Merino-Viteri and Luis Coloma. $600 to present a paper at a symposium on declines in the genus Telmatobius at the VI Congreso Latinoamericano de Herpetología.

"Amphibian Decline at Parque Nacional de la Cordillera Nombre de Dios, Honduras" by James R. McCranie, Larry David Wilson, and Franklín Casteñeda. $2,100 to resurvey a site where several anurans may have disappeared.

"Chytridiomycosis and Biogeographic Patterns in some Amphibian Populations in the Venezuelan Andes" by Argelia Rodríguez, Enrique La Marca, and Margarita Lampo. $2,000 for GIS and other software to co-fund a GIS analysis of chytrid-related amphibian declines in Venezuela.

“Workshop to Examine the Status of the Genus Atelopus by Enrique La Marca and Karen Lips. $4,800 to support travel by participants to a workshop in Mérida, Venezuela, 16-19 December 2002.

“On-line Herpetological Bibliography” by Santiago Ron. $550 to put a database with thousands of herpetological references on line.


Monitoring Atelopus exiguus in the Bosque Protector Mazán y Llaviuco, Ecuador” Ecuadorian student Eduardo Toral and Costa Rican student Katy Frenkel will collaborate on to study remnant populations of a species that has largely disappeared from its historical range.

“Amphibians from the Serra do Cipó (Minas Gerais)” Brazilian herpetologists Dr. Paula Cabral Eterovick (Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais) and Dr. Ivan Sazima (Universidade Estadual de Campinas) have teamed up to write a bilingual Portuguese-English book that is both an identification guide and a discussion of the population status of an important fauna at an Atlantic Forest site in Brazil.

“Conservation of an endangered frog species (Atelognathus patagonicus) in northern Patagonia, Argentina: Effects of exotic fish predation, pathogens, and their interaction” Dr. Stanley Fox (Oklahoma State University), Dr. Carmen Úbeda (Universidad  Nacional del Comahue, Argentina), Lic. Ricardo Torres Cervantes (a Mexican student at Oklahoma State University), and Dr. James Collins (Arizona State University) will collaborate to distinguish among the effects of climate change, introduced predators, and disease on the decline of populations of a Patagonian frog.

“Geographical And Ecological Patterns Of Chytridomycosis Among Amphibians In Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic” University of Puerto Rico professors Dr. Patricia A. Burrowes and Dr. Rafael L. Joglar will work with Dominican Republic herpetologists Marcelino Hernández and Sixto J. Inchaustegui to perform a rapid assessment of the presence of chytridiomycosis in frogs of the Dominican Republic and initiate a monitoring program.


“Establishing a monitoring program of amphibian communities along an elevational gradiant at Parque Nacional Natural Cueva de los Guácharos as a basis for assessing conservation status” by Colombian students Carolina Barrero Ramírez and Andrés  Diavanera Tovar (a PASI graduate).

"Histological screening of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in Brazilian museum specimens" by Brazilian student Ana Carolina Carnaval and Costa Rican student Robert Puschendorf (a collaboration that was born in the PASI course).

"Detección de Quitridiomicosis en México" by Gabriela Parra.  Gabriela and an assistant will visit the lab of Dr. Joyce Longcore at the University of Maine to learn more culture techniques for chytrids.  This collaboration began at the RANA meeting in Puerto Rico.

"Monitoring Anuran Amphibians in the Atlantic forrest at the Guaraqueçaba Environmental Protection Area, Paraná State, Brazil" by Magno Segalla.  Magno’s idea was to invite a RANA member with extensive monitoring experience to Brazil to help his colleagues initiate a monitoring project in an important protected area.

"Conservation of a Semiaquatic Argentine Frog (Atelognathus patagonicus) in Danger of Extinction: Análisis of Tissues in Search of Infectious Agents Causing High Mortality" by Mexican student Ricardo J. Torres-Cervantes (currently at the Univ. of Oklahoma).  Torres-Cervantes will visit labs of RANA members Dr. Karen Lips and Dr. James Collins (Arizona State Univ.) to learn techniques for studying amphibian diseases in Argentina.


“Analysis of climate patterns associated with amphibian declines in Ecuador” by Ecuadorian student Andrés Merino-Viteri, to allow Dr. Alan Pounds (Costa Rica) to visit Ecuador to analyze local climate data and give a series of workshops on climate at the Catholic University of Ecuador.

“A Spanish Field Guide to the Amphibians of Honduras” by Honduran student Franklin Casteñeda to supplement a World Bank grant to print a Spanish-language field guide accessible to Hondurans.

“Climate Change and its relation to Amphibian Declines in Mexico” by students Georgina Santos and Mariel Familiar López to allow Dr. Pounds to visit them at the National Autonomous University of Mexico to plan a project and give a talk at the university.

“Population Assessment, Natural History, and Conservation of the Endemic Anuran Smilisca dentata in Aguascalientes State, Mexico” by Gustavo Quintero-Díaz to travel to Mexico City to examine specimens related to his field research and present the results in the next Mexican National Herpetelogical Congress.

“Genetic Structure of Ambystoma taylori and Ambystoma velasci Populations in the Crater Lagoons of East-Central Mexico” by Ruth Percino to visit Dr. Kelly Zamudio at Cornell for training in population genetics techniques.


“Participation in the Symposium and Round Table ‘Amphibian Research and Conservation Needs in Colombia’” by Dr. Patricia Burrowes (Univ. of Puerto Rico) to participate in an event held in conjunction with the Colombian Zoological Congress in Santa Marta, Colombia, in November 2006.

“Training Course on Quantitative PCR (Q-PCR) Detection of Chytridiomycosis” by Dr. Gabriela Parra (Univ. Nacional Autonoma de Mexico).  Course co-funded with the IUCN Amphibian Specialist Group.