What is RANA?

Recent research has documented dramatic population declines and extinctions of frogs, toads, and salamanders in many parts of the New World tropics, a pattern seen elsewhere in the world.

Although many excellent efforts are underway to explain these events, the pace of discovery will increase if scientists from different disciplines and different regions share a common research agenda. RANA is a means to achieve this common agenda. The seeds of this network were formed during a series of workshops on amphibian population declines held in November, 1999, in Mexico, Panama, and Ecuador with participation from the US and 11 Latin American countries.

In December, 2001, the US National Science Foundation recommended five years of funding for the research coordination activities of RANA. RANA aims to fill some of the needs identified during the exploratory workshops.

All of these activities are in coordination with the Declining Amphibian Populations Task Force.

RANA’s mission is to promote understanding about amphibian population declines through collaborative research in the Neotropics.

To achieve its mission, RANA will:

RANA will achieve its objectives if its members strive to:

RANA’s Board of Directors (2006)

Federico Bolaños (Univ. Costa Rica)

Gabriela Parra (Univ. Nacional Autónoma de México)

Karen Lips (Univ. Southern Illinois), RANA Lead Scientist

Magno Segalla (Sociedade Brasileira de Herpetologia)

Bruce Young (NatureServe), RANA Coordinator