At #UCDavis today: Vance Vredenburg: ‘Amphibians at the forefront of the Sixth Mass Extinction’

Dr. Vance Vredenburg will be speaking on ‘Amphibians at the forefront of the Sixth Mass Extinction’ at 4:10pm in 176 Everson Hall today, Thursday Oct 22.

Dr. Vredenburg is a leading amphibian conservation ecologist, and an Associate Professor at San Francisco State University. He earned his doctorate at U.C. Berkeley.

All are welcome to attend his ‘no-host dinner’ at 5:30 (location to be announced at the seminar). Also, grad students/postdocs who responded to the lunch invitation are reminded to attend, 12 noon in 1017 Wickson.

Here is a copy of the information from his website:

“ Vance Vredenburg was raised in Mexico and the United States. His scientific training began as an undergraduate at the University of California Santa Barbara where he worked on ecological research projects in coastal California, Alaska, the Caribbean and Antarctica. His Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley (2002) included whole-lake experiments that showed recovery of declining frogs in the Sierra Nevada, California after removal of introduced trout. His current research focuses on the impacts of emerging infectious amphibian disease (e.g. chytridiomycosis), the phylogeography of amphibians (using genetics, morphology, and mating behavior), and climate change impacts on aquatic food webs using stable isotopes. Vredenburg is the co-founder of AmphibiaWeb (, an online conservation resource for the world’s amphibians. His research is currently funded by the National Science Foundation and seeks to understand how some populations of frogs survive epidemics. Vance Vredenburg is a research associate at the California Academy of Sciences and the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology.”

Author: Jonathan Eisen

I am an evolutionary biologist and a Professor at U. C. Davis. (see my lab site here). My research focuses on the origin of novelty (how new processes and functions originate). To study this I focus on sequencing and analyzing genomes of organisms, especially microbes and using phylogenomic analysis

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