UW Expert: For Wyoming's Frogs, Leave It to Beavers

(Sheridan, Wyo.) — Tonight's science lecture from the Sheridan College Museum of Discovery Science Lecture Series will be presented by Victoria Zero, herpetologist and researcher at the University of Wyoming. The talk, "Ecosystem Engineers and eDNA: For the Frogs, Leave It to Beavers," which is free and open to the public, will be from 7-8 p.m. in the Sheridan College Science Building / Mohns Center. Zero will discusses a project focused on three native amphibians that are common but for which there is little information in Wyoming. The project team examined these amphibians' habitat preferences and compared standard and emerging molecular survey techniques. During the study, leopard frogs bred exclusively in beaver-modified wetlands, suggesting the potential for beaver as a conservation tool for this declining species. Environmental DNA revealed substantially more detections of all three species than would have otherwise been made through traditional survey methods. Environmental DNA techniques have broad potential for use in long-term monitoring and biodiversity assessments. For more information, call (307) 674-6446 Ext 3500. Part of Sheridan College Science Museum's Spring 2016 lecture series. #dally #news #whatshappening