Environmental Studies Prof. Quoted in 'The Walrus' | St. Lawrence University

Environmental Studies Prof. Quoted in 'The Walrus'

Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Sara Ashpole, a leading expert in Canada in amphibian and reptile conservation, recently shared her expertise in an issue of The Walrus

The article, "What Frogs Can Teach Us about the State of the World," was published in the magazine's special September/October 2020 double issue and focuses on the work of citizen scientists who are helping people understand what’s happening to the environment by tracking amphibian songs.

Ashpole informs international and national policy by providing scientific expertise as the Canadian co-chair for the IUCN Amphibian Specialist Group (since 2015) and as a member of the independent advisory panel for the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada Amphibian and Reptile Subcommittee (since 2013), which designates the conservation status of wild species. 

In the classroom, Ashpole integrates both a theoretical and applied research approach often utilizing the Environmental Studies Living Lab. Her students develop the practical field research methods and professional communication and leadership skills needed for jobs in the environmental field.

The Walrus is a Canadian general interest magazine that publishes long-form journalism on Canadian and international affairs, along with fiction and poetry by Canadian writers. According to its website, The Walrus provokes new thinking and sparks conversation on matters vital to Canadians. As a registered charity, it publishes independent, fact-based journalism, produces national, ideas-focused events, and trains emerging professionals in publishing and non-profit management.

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