Campus News

Frog findings, a Web site devoted to news about the planet, quoted Catherine Pringle and Scott Connelly, both of the Eugene Odum School of Ecology, in a recent article about their study into the comprehensive effects that amphibian extinction has on an ecosystem.

“We were there before, during and after the extinction event and were able to look at the ecosystem and measure how it changed,” said Pringle, Distinguished Research Professor and co-author of the study. “Very rarely have scientists been able to do that with respect to any organism.”

“Many things that live in the stream depend on algae as a base food resource,” said Connelly, lead author and a doctoral student. “And we found that the system was more productive when the tadpoles were there.”