Two articles have been recently highlighted in the press.

Iain Stott, Dave Hodgson and Stuart Townley, University of Exeter, have developed Popdemo, a new software tool for helping prioritise efforts in species conservation. As well as determining which species need our help, it will also be useful in pest control and sustainable harvesting. The University press release was picked up by a variety of websites, including and eScienceNews.


Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis
Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis. Source: Johnson/Speare, Public Domain

Science Daily, yesterday reported that preserved frogs hold clue to deadly pathogen. Katy Richards-Hrdlicka, University of Yale, and author of an article just appeared in Methods in Ecology and Evolution said:

“I have long proposed that the millions of amphibians maintained in natural-history collections around the world are just waiting to be sampled”

Katy developed a new method for charting the history of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, or Bd, an infectious pathogen driving many species to extinction.


popdemo: an R package for population demography using projection matrix analysis
by Iain Stott, Dave Hodgson and Stuart Townley

Extracting the amphibian chytrid fungus from formalin-fixed specimens
by Katy Richards-Hrdlicka