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Amphibians in Decline


A recent study from U.S. Geological Survey researchers finds that frog, toad, and salamander populations are declining at a rapid rate throughout the country including in Florida.  The study, published in the scientific journal PLOS One, is a first-of-its kind estimate on the animals’ populations from around the country.  We’ll explore the findings and what they could indicate for future survivorship of many amphibian species.

John Davis has been a full-time Reporter/Producer for WGCU since 2009. He is the local host for NPR’s Morning Edition and producer and host for WGCU’s radio talk program Gulf Coast Live! John came to WGCU as an intern in 2007, and is now reporting on a broad spectrum of topics of interest to Southwest Florida.  Prior to joining WGCU, he worked at WDUQ-FM in Pittsburgh, PA covering local government and general assignments.John studied journalism at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, before earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Florida Gulf Coast University. His work has garnered awards from the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania, the Radio Television Digital News Association, and a first place award and “Best in Show” from the Florida Associated Press for his investigative work in 2011.