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  • The Amphibian Foundation

    is dedicated to connecting individuals, communities and organizations in order to create and implement lasting solutions to the global amphibian extinction crisis.
    We provide unique educational opportunities for all ages to learn about amphibians and inspire conservation.
    Established in 2016 by Mark and Crystal Mandica, we collaborate with partners in the fight against amphibian extinction. This page highlights all the people and organizations that have joined the Amphibian Foundation in their mission.

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    We welcome anyone who wants to join us in the fight to save amphibians AF Inclusion & Diversity Statement

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Leadership Team

Mark Mandica

Mark Mandica

Founder, Executive Director

Mark is a life-long amphibian conservationist, and leads novel conservation studies focused on endangered species. He is also a biologist, scientific illustrator, instructor, and musician. Most importantly, he is a father and husband.
Crystal Mandica

Crystal Mandica

Founder, Director of Education

Crystal has piloted many unique, exciting programs, introducing hundreds of students to amphibians and reptiles. She is the lead instructor for Critter Camp and Atlanta Urban Ecologists, and manages multiple camps throughout the summer.
Tobias Landberg

Tobias Landberg

Director of Research

Dr. Landberg is AF’s Director of Research and has served on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Amphibian Foundation since 2016.

Staff

Amanda Sargent

Amanda Sargent

Conservation Coordinator

Amanda is a lifelong lover of all creatures who enjoys field work, animal husbandry, and harnessing the power of social media to educate the public about conservation. Amanda plays a role in many AF initiatives, including leading our social media efforts.
Ryan Myers

Ryan Myers

Naturalist and Invertebrate Specialist

Ryan is an enthusiastic defender of amphibious life around the globe. Ryan serves as a conservationist and interpretive educator at AF and several other non-profits in Atlanta.
Anthony Mandica

Anthony Mandica

Collections Assistant

Anthony is a Co-Founder of the Amphibian Foundation, and a lifelong animal and wildlife enthusiast. In National Geographic magazine, Anthony (when he was 4) named the last known Rabbs' Fringe-limbed Tree Frog 'Toughie'.
Lacey Avery

Lacey Avery

Communications Lead

Lacey specializes in writing, editing, and communications strategy. She's covered topics like ocean research, wildlife conservation, and public health, and loves sharing AF's great work with others.
John Palis

John Palis

Consulting Biologist

John is an exceptional biologist who has studied Flatwoods Salamanders for many years. He leads the Frosted Flatwoods Salamander sampling studies in South Carolina and assists in the field studies throughout their range.
Susie Masecar DVM

Susie Masecar DVM

Veterinary Advisor

Dr. Masecar is a veterinary advisor for AF and has a diverse background in undomesticated species. She loves using veterinary medicine to advance wildlife conservation and has always been particularly fond of amphibians.

Collections Volunteers

Jeffrey Weiss

Jeffrey Weiss

Tractability Specialist
Michael Berry

Michael Berry

Flatwoods Salamander Lab
Einola Carter

Einola Carter

Aquatics
Bree Gentry 2

Bree Gentry

Amphibian Lab
Juan Taquechel

Juan Taquechel

Squamate Lab
Alyssa Bachmeier

Alyssa Bachmeier

Conservation Collections
Kevin Blackwell 2

Kevin Blackwell

Invertebrates
Tess Yaney

Tess Yaney

Photographer
Michaela Daniel

Michaela Daniel

Inventory Specialist
Tessa Winbigler

Tessa Winbigler

Flatwoods Salamander Lab
Katie Clayton

Katie Clayton

Amphibian Lab
Morgan Peek 2

Morgan Peek

Squamate Lab
Jin Uzeda 2

Jin Uzeda

Turtle Collections
Abby Needell

Abby Needell

Squamate Lab
Ahmad Ansar 2

Ahmad Ansar

Invertebrates
Melanie Valle

Melanie Valle

Squamate Lab
Maya Nelson 2

Maya Nelson

Conservation Collections


Communications Team

Jenny Wilson - Communications Intern

Jenny Wilson

Communications Intern
Brooke Clark

Brooke Clark

Communications Intern
Emily Capps

Emily Capps

Content Strategist
Brie Galbreath

Brie Galbreath

Science Communications
Dani Glover - Communications Intern

Dani Glover

Communications Intern
Jess Thompson

Jess Thompson

Content Analyst

Atlanta Amphibian Monitoring (MAAMP) Staff

Marjan Ghadrdan

Marjan Ghadrdan

MAAMP Coordinator
Sami Netherton

Sami Netherton

MAAMP Assistant
Gabe Andrle

Gabe Andrle

MAAMP Assistant

Interns

Jeffrey Weiss

Jeffrey Weiss

Research Intern
Roberto Valencia - International Intern (Ecuador)

Roberto Valencia

International Intern (Ecuador)
Jennifer Turner 2

Jennifer Turner

Research Intern

Board of Directors

Chris Jenkins

Chris Jenkins

Orianne Society
Dorothy Winhold

Dorothy Winhold

Berkshire Hathaway

Board Chair

Jairo Garcia

Jairo Garcia

Urban Climate Nexus
Joel Sartore

Joel Sartore

National Geographic and Photo Ark
Laura Turner Seydel (Advisor)

Laura Turner Seydel (Advisor)

Turner Foundation and Captain Planet Foundation
Michael Goldman

Michael Goldman

Valerie Van Sweden

Valerie Van Sweden

Atlanta History Center

Scientific Advisory Board

Duncan Irschick

Duncan Irschick

University of Massachusetts, Amherst
John Jensen

John Jensen

Georgia Department of Natural Resources (retired)
Harold Mitchell

Harold Mitchell

US Fish and Wildlife Service
Susan Walls

Susan Walls

USGS - Amphibian Research & Monitoring Initiative
Andrew Gray

Andrew Gray

Curator of Herpetology - The Manchester Museum



AF Alumni

Dani Davis

Dani Davis

Katie Roberts

Katie Roberts

Javiera Constanzo

Javiera Constanzo

Tessa Cafritz

Tessa Cafritz

Amanda Ramirez

Amanda Ramirez

Victoria Gould

Victoria Gould

Jasmine Williamson

Jasmine Williamson

Claire Chinery

Claire Chinery

Danya Vass

Danya Vass

Yarrow Koning

Yarrow Koning

Ellen Dymit

Ellen Dymit

DJ Welch

DJ Welch

Emily Reynolds

Emily Reynolds

Sophia Charuhas

Sophia Charuhas

Jessica Shartouny

Jessica Shartouny

Polly Strott

Polly Strott

Danielle Crownover

Danielle Crownover

Yi YIn

Yi YIn

Emma Slutsker

Emma Slutsker

Erin Frew

Erin Frew

The Amphibian Foundation Logo

The Amphibian Foundation Logo

Larval Flatwoods Salamander

The Amphibian Foundation logo, which was drawn by AF Founder Mark Mandica, is a stylized depiction of the larval form of the Frosted Flatwoods Salamander (Ambystoma cingulatum). Salamanders in this family (Ambystomatidae) include the Spotted Salamander (A. maculatum), the Marbled Salamander (A. opacum) and the Axolotl (A. mexicanum)