Blogs & Videos: Amphibians & Reptiles

2009 REU Intern William Adams

The early evolution of sea turtles

WILLIAM ADAMS Junior Biology major at Loyola University REU Mentors: Dr. Kenneth D. Angielczyk (Assistant Curator of Paleomammalogy, Geology) and Dr. James Parham (Postdoctoral Research Associate, Biodiversity Synthesis Center) Symposium Presentation Title: A Geometric Morphometric Analysis of Plastron Morphology in Marine Chelonioids and their Relatives (Chordata: Reptilia: Testudines: Chelonioidea)

Frog Whispering (kind of!!!!)

Identifying local frogs by their calls is easy once you learn the calls. Making frogs call on command (sometimes!!!) takes some trickery. A male Blanchard's cricket frog (Acris blanchardi) makes a series of rapid clicks that sound like "gick, gick, gick ..." Duplicating this call is easily done by clicking a toy or dog training clicker.

BioBlitz at the St Joseph County Park District

On Saturday June 9th at Spicer Lake Nature Preserve County Park near South Bend in St. Joseph County Indiana, Dr. Gary Merrill (Adjunct Curator (Bryology) in the Department of Botany), James Louderman (Collection Assistant in the Division of Insects) and Alan Resetar (Collection Manager in the Division of Amphibians and Reptiles) participated in the fourth BioBlitz sponsored by the St Joseph County Park District.  A population of the declining cricket frog (Acris crepitans) as well as many interesting bryophytes and insects were found.  A short sound clip from the bioblitz with a calling cricket frog making its characteristic clicking can be heard here (I attached a sound file).  We did not want to disturb the frogs so there is no cute frog footage - only cattails and calls.