Texas State herpetologist works to help
Houston toads hop off endangered list
By Billi London-Gray
Blind salamanders. Fountain darters. Texas wild rice grass. The home of the Bobcats is also home to endangered species and environmental advocates. But looking beyond the San Marcos River, a Texas State University biology professor has been working persistently to help restore populations of endangered Houston toads.
Texas State professor Michael Forstner, who holds the Alexander/Stone Chair of Genetics in the Department of Biology and has taught at the university since 1999, is one of the foremost experts on the Houston toad. He has been studying and raising awareness about the species since 1995.
“Effectively all field research on the taxon during the past decade has been completed by Texas State faculty and students in biology,” Forstner says. “My group represents the current lead for science-based recovery efforts, provides data useful to applied and theoretical aspects of small population biology, amphibian recovery, and amphibian population declines.” Continue reading