Michael G. Starkey
International Campaigns Coordinator, Ecologist
Michael G. Starkey stands with Dr. Jane Goodall at the Wildlife Conservation Expo in San Francisco.
Michael G. Starkey is a SAVE THE FROGS! Ecologist and International Campaigns Coordinator. He began working with SAVE THE FROGS! in 2010 to inform the public about the threats facing amphibians. He rallies scientists, volunteers, and others to help broaden the conservation mission of SAVE THE FROGS! Mr. Starkey has given presentations around the world to inform and help nurture a society that respects and appreciates nature and wildlife.
Mr. Starkey is a biologist, activist, and public speaker working to educate and involve the public in animal rights and wildlife conservation issues. Mr. Starkey has a diverse background in wildlife conservation: he has worked as an ecological consultant for environmental consulting firms and government agencies such as the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the California Department of Fish & Wildlife, working with a wide diversity of wildlife including the endangered San Francisco gartersnakes and California tiger salamanders, bats, ringtails, and Yucatán black howler monkeys. Mr. Starkey has also worked in Panama at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, studying larval development and parental behavior of the neotropical frog, Leptodactylus insularum.
Have Michael G. Starkey speak at your university, school, or public interest group
SAVE THE FROGS! Ecologist Michael Starkey is available to give live presentations to your school or organization, in-person or via Skype. Mr. Starkey explains why frogs are under threat and informs the audience about how we as a society can help out amphibians around the globe. The presentation features many of Mr. Starkey's photos of amphibians from around the world, and there will be a question and answer session following the presentation. These PowerPoint presentations usually run between 30-45 minutes. At our talks we like to have a table set up where before and after the presentation, we can offer the audience relevant educational materials, collect petition signatures for our campaigns, and sell eco-friendly merchandise to help fund our efforts. You can reach him at: Starkey@savethefrogs.com
"Your slide show was great, and you are off the charts with enthusiasm. I loved your section on contests and what they can do to get involved."
—Anya Manes, teacher at Immaculate Conception Academy, San Francisco, CA
"You should have been here with us after lunch; they can't stop talking about frogs. You were so patient with the kids."
—Jacueline Le, teacher at Cleveland Elementary, San Francisco, CA
"Your passion about frogs is infectious and so refreshing. It's also great for kids to see that scientists are humans with curiosity, not only someone in a lab wearing a white coat."
—Mira Sinick, 3rd grade teacher at Lawton School, San Francisco, CA
"Your dedication shows, and your imagery was fantastic!"
—Roger Repp, rattlesnake biologist, Tucson Herpetological Society
Kathlyn D. Franco
Los Angeles, CA
Kathlyn Franco finds a bullfrog enjoying the wetland she helped construct in Arizona for the endangered Gila Topminnow.
Kathlyn Franco is a SAVE THE FROGS! wetland coordinator and ecologist. Ms. Franco is in charge of wetland design and construction, organizing wetland workshops, leading ecotours, as well as other nonprofit-related activities such as legal paperwork, outreach presentations, and shipping your Gift Center orders!
Kathlyn first got involved with SAVE THE FROGS! in 2012. She began volunteering after Dr. Kerry Kriger gave a presentation to her conservation biology class. Ever since she has been working hard with the SAVE THE FROGS! team to help amphibians and wildlife. To date, she has built 24 and designed 12 wetlands with Tom Biebighauser, a renowned wetland construction expert. So far she has saved the endangered California Red-legged Frog and Gila Topminnow, providing new habitat to prevent extinction.
Kathlyn is a first-generation American and college graduate. She received her Bachelor’s in environmental studies from the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) in 2012. She has participated in several scientific studies working with small mammals, plants, lizards and amphibians. During her undergraduate career, she was awarded two grants to study the Santa Cruz Kangaroo Rat, an endemic keystone species. She has also worked for the U.S. Forest Service studying the effects of forest thinning on small mammal communities, Dr. Greg Gilbert studying the spread of pathogens in plant communities, and Dr. Barry Sinervo studying temperature preference in lizards and climate change modeling.
Certifications and Awards
Wetland Restoration Workshop Training, completed October 2014
California Naturalist, completed June 2012
CA Naturalist Award, 2012 and 2013
Fluent in Spanish
Emily C. Moskal
Emily is SAVE THE FROGS!’s communication, media, and development specialist. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin (UT) with a Bachelor’s of Science in biology: ecology, evolution, and behavior and Duke University’s environmental communications planning in 2014. During her university years she researched amphibian evolution in the labs of Dr. Michael J. Ryan and Dr. David C. Cannatella, as a major contributor to a NSF-funded dissertation on Venezuelan frog landscape genetics and fully funding her assistance on a expedition to the Ecuadorian Amazon.
Emily began work with SAVE THE FROGS! in 2014 while living in Berkeley, Calif., working one-on-one with SAVE THE FROGS! Executive Director Dr. Kerry Kriger to open America’s first education center dedicated solely to amphibians. During her first year, she and the executive director initiated and funded two new programs: Wetlands for Wildlife, now called Re-Frogging America, and SAVE THE FROGS! Magazine. Emily was the founding editor and designer of SAVE THE FROGS! Magazine and co-led the first wetlands construction workshop. Emily now works remotely from Austin, Texas developing the SAVE THE FROGS! Podcast, creating the next issue of SAVE THE FROGS! Magazine, managing content online, and co-led the 2016 Ecuador Ecotour in June.
Emily is a certified magazine layout and composition designer and assistant editor at Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine. She previously completed an editorial and reporting internship with Bay Nature Institute. And to keep our ecotour participants safe and prepared, she completed a NOLS WMI Wilderness First Aid certification in April.