Frogs, Freezing Roads & Human Safety
Keeping animals and humans safe through the seasons
Guest Speaker: Nick Buss
Road salt is a lifesaver in winter –– for humans. But what about our amphibian friends? Come spring, these salts can run into wetlands and ponds causing harm to communities of wildlife that rely on these habitats to survive and thrive. We’ll explore the latest research on the impacts of commonly used de-icing salts on frogs, toads, and salamanders, as well as conservation efforts.
Nick Buss is a doctoral candidate pursuing a PhD in biological sciences. Dr. Jessica Hua is an associate professor of biological sciences. Together, they perform research at Binghamton University’s ecotoxicology and disease ecology lab. Nick will share his findings on how environmental pollutants affect local wildlife with a special focus on amphibian hosts and their parasites.