Popular Biologist Marty Crump Comes To COA

Photo courtesy of Marty Crump

The Future of Amphibians and Reptiles: Do Our Cultural Beliefs Matter? Wednesday, February 22, 2012 – McCormick Lecture Hall

Noted biologist Martha, or Marty, Crump will be talking about amphibians and reptiles at College of the Atlantic on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 4 p.m. in McCormick Lecture Hall. Her talk is titled “The Future of Amphibians and Reptiles: Do Our Cultural Beliefs Matter?” This is a special edition of the college’s weekly Human Ecology Forum.

Crump is tropical ecologist with the Department of Biological Science at Utah State University in Logan, UT, as well as an adjunct professor at the Department of Biological Sciences at Northern Arizona University. She studies behavior, ecology, and conservation of amphibians. Much of this work focuses on researching frog reproduction and parental care, as well as studying declining amphibian populations.

Crump shares her passion for amphibians by writing for general audiences and for children. Her work has appeared in Natural History magazine, as well as in Highlights and Ranger Rick. Among the works Crump has written for older readers are the following: In Search of the Golden Frog, Headless Males Make Great Lovers and Other Unusual Natural Histories, Sexy Orchids Make Lousy Lovers and Other Unusual Relationships, and with James Collins, Extinction in Our Times: Global Amphibian Decline. For younger audiences, she has published Mysteries of the Komodo Dragon: The Biggest, Deadliest Lizard Gives Up Its Secrets and several other books. She’s also written dozens of scientific papers, book reviews, and book chapters, including co-authoring the standard text on herpetology.

Crump’s work has been focused on Latin America. She is currently studying Darwin’s frogs in Chile. In 1997 she received the Distinguished Herpetologist Award from The Herpetologists’ League.

Born in Madison, WI, Crump grew up in upstate New York and in a suburb of Pittsburgh, PA, where she raised tadpoles and kept frogs and salamanders as pets. She received her PhD at the University of Kansas in 1974 and was a professor in the zoology department at the University of Florida for many years before taking her current positions in Arizona and Utah.

For more information on the talk by Martha Crump on “The Future of Amphibians and Reptiles: Do Our Cultural Beliefs Matter?” on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 4 p.m. in COA’s McCormick Lecture Hall – which is free and open to the public – contact Steve Ressel at sressel@coa.edu, 207-801-5723, or 288-5015.

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