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Keeping Amphibians in the Backyard and Beyond


Monday, February 11, 2013  “Keeping Amphibians in the Backyard and Beyond; How Pesticides and Land Use Impact Amphibian Communities” Michelle Boone, Department of Zoology, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. 7:30 p.m., 2nd Floor Community Room, Lebanon Citizens National Bank, 30 Park Place West, Oxford, Ohio.  

Amphibian populations are experiencing global declines from habitat change, disease, contaminants, overexploitation, and invasive species. Michelle Boone’s lab is interested in how these factors singly and together impact amphibians to understand how they may contribute to declines. Recent work has included studies to examine how habitat influences amphibian movement, how golf course management influences the potential for amphibians to use these green spaces, how pesticide exposure throughout the life cycle affects amphibians, and how environmental changes may influence susceptibility to diseases.

She will tell us about some recent findings and discuss potential ways we can each bolster amphibian populations on our own properties. Boone is an associate professor in the Department of Zoology at Miami University. She has an undergraduate degree from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, and attended graduate school at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She worked for the U.S. Geological Survey in Missouri for a few years before moving to Ohio. You can learn more about Boone’s lab at She is also a blogger and you can follow her writings at


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