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Science Café to discuss importance of amphibians to human health


Scott Moody, associate professor of biological sciences, will present a Science Café discussion titled "Endangered Species of Amphibians: Why Their Survival is Vital to Our Health," at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19 in the Baker University Center Front Room.

During the talk, he will discuss the biology of amphibians, human impacts on their environment in the past and present, and ultimately how important a pristine habitat is to their existence and to ours.

Moody has spent more than 30 years at Ohio University studying and protecting various species of amphibians. He will bring both living and preserved amphibians to his café for a "show and tell" with the audience.
 
"Protecting amphibians protects us," Moody said.

Moody said frogs will not save us in a dire situation, but they will help save our health in the long-run. Because of their unique biology and relationship with the environment, relying on wet habitats such as rivers and wetlands, amphibians are excellent predictors of environmental health.

Science Cafés are venues for students interested in the sciences and engineering to informally share their interests during a conversational exchange with faculty, staff and the community in a friendly setting.

The event is free and open to the public.