Sept. 10 Audubon talk to shed light on frog decline
KEARNEYSVILLE – A Shepherd University microbiology instructor will share insights about the decline of frog populations at a Potomac Valley Audubon Society program next month.
Laura Robertson’s free talk, “Disappearing Frogs: Global Amphibian Declines and the Chytrid Fungus,” begins at 7 p.m. Sept. 10 at Hospice of the Panhandle in Kearneysville.
Robertson, who became an assistant professor of biology at Shepherd last summer, will review the latest data on declining amphibian populations and the possible causes behind the change as well as why the slipping numbers spell concern for the environment.
Robertson, who holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Georgia and a master’s in genetics and a Ph.D. in biology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, worked as a senior editor with Incyte Corp. and as a research geneticist at the Geological Survey laboratory in Leetown before joining Shepherd.
The Potomac Valley Audubon Society will hold its monthly programs at Hospice from now on, said Peter Smith, who handles publicity for PVAS.
He said the facility off W.Va. 9 is more centrally located than the National Conservation Training Center, the Shepherdstown site where the programs had been held.