MYSTIC AQUARIUM’S CONSERVATION IN ACTION SERIES TO FEATURE FROG CHEMIST
Dr. Clark to Present on May 18 as Opening of New frogs! Exhibit Approaches at Mystic Aquarium
Mystic, Conn. (May 11, 2016): The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ has identified amphibians as being the most threatened vertebrate group. Through hands-on experiences and digital interactives, Mystic Aquarium’s new exhibit, frogs!, set to open Memorial Day Weekend, will help educate guests all about frogs including how they can get involved with monitoring and helping to conserve our local amphibians.
With tropical poison frogs among the most fascinating of the 30 species to be highlighted, Mystic Aquarium is proud to host its newest scientist-in-residence, frog chemist Dr. Valerie C. Clark as part of their Conservation in Action speaker series. Tropical Poison Frogs: You Are What You Eat! is scheduled for Wednesday, May 18 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm on the Aquarium’s main floor.
A renowned expert, Dr. Valerie C. Clark will share her unique techniques from the field that have revealed exciting discoveries about tropical poison frogs. Through photographs and National Geographic video, Dr. Clark will take guests on a virtual expedition to exotic rainforests to discover the sources of chemicals found stored in a frogs’ skin.
Reservations are required for this free event. Guests must be 14+ to attend. Reservations are available by visiting www.MysticAquarium.org.
Hors d’oeuvers and a cash bar will follow in the Ocean Conservation Center (home to Exploration: Wild! and future location of frogs!)
With Master’s degrees from Columbia and Cornell Universities and a Ph.D. on the “Chemistry of Amphibian Skin Secretions,” from Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Dr. Clark is the founder of the nonprofit conservation organization Indigenous Forest Research Organization for Global Sustainability (i.F.r.o.g.s.). The organization engages the public online to learn about Earth’s forest biodiversity and is active on the ground in Madagascar, engaging local people to survey endangered species and protect rain forests. Her scientific publications are available for free at frogchemistry.com and her team’s research continues to explore the ecology of chemical defenses of frogs and other forest animals.
Tropical Poison Frogs: You Are What You Eat! is the fourth event in Mystic Aquarium’s Conservation in Action speaker series. This series features guest speakers who share their experiences with and contributions to conservation. The latest installment is generously supported by Fatima Matos and Hans Rollema.