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AMplify: Episode 10, Dr Jodi Rowley part 2

By: Alice Gage, Category: At The Museum, Date: 31 May 2016

The AM's amphibian biologist discusses rainforest expeditions, frogs that sing like birds and the crucial role they play in the ecosystem.

Dr Jodi Rowley in the field

Dr Jodi Rowley in the field
Photographer:  © Australian Museum

Jodi Rowley and AM CEO and Executive Director Kim McKay continue their conversation about discovering new species, the audio DNA of frog calls and their place in global biodiversity.

"We are in the midst of a globally amphibian decline, a huge extinction crisis. They are a huge part of the ecosystem, so when we lose them, we actually lose a huge part of the ecosystem function and it doesn't seem to recover ... Other animals don't seem to step up into the same kind of rolls that amphibians had. So our ecosystems are irreversibly changed it seems."

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