Erin Muths, Ph.D.

Biography

Erin Muths is a Zoologist at the Fort Collins Science Center. Dr. Muths received a PhD in Zoology from the University of Queensland, Australia. Since joining the USGS in 1995 she has studied amphibians in Colorado and around the world. Dr. Muths specializes in amphibian demography, disease ecology and conservation. Current research projects include reintroductions of boreal toads in Rocky Mountain National Park, salamander disease and occurrence in the desert southwest and Mexico, and demography of chorus frog and boreal toad populations in Colorado and Wyoming.

Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Zoology, University of Queensland, Department of Zoology, Brisbane, Australia, January 1997.Dissertation title: Reproductive Physiology and Ecology of Female Red Kangaroos (Macropus rufus).
  • Master of Science, Biology - Systematics and Ecology, Kansas State University, Division of Biology, Manhattan, KS, October 1990.
  • Bachelor of Science, Wildlife Ecology - Natural Sciences, University of Wisconsin, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Madison, WI, May 1986.

Professional Experience

  • U.S. Geological Survey - Biological Resources Division Fort Collins Science Center, Fort Collins, CO. April 1995 - present.
  • University of Queensland Brisbane, Australia; Southwest Queensland, Australia, Ph.D. research. June 1991 - January 1994.
  • Archbold Biological Station Lake Placid, FL, Research Intern. October 1990 - March 1991. Kansas State University, Division of Biology Manhattan, KS, Research Assistant. August 1988 - May 1990.
  • Smithsonian Institution, Conservation Research Center Front Royal, VA, Intern. December 1987 - March 1988.

Affiliations

  • USGS Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative - Principle Investigator, Southern Rocky Mountains 2000 - present
  • Member – The Society for Conservation Biology 1989 – 2011
  • Member – The American Society of Mammalogists 1994 – 2002
  • Member – Colorado Boreal Toad Recovery Team 1996 – present
  • Member – Society for Northwestern Vertebrate Biology 1997 – 2007
  • Research Associate – Denver Zoological Foundation 1998 – present
  • Member – Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation 1999 – present SW PARC – Steering Committee 2008 – 2011
  • Member – Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles 2000 – 2014
  • Co-Editor, Journal of Herpetology 2010 – 2015 Section Editor, Journal of Herpetology 2014 – present
  • Member – American Society of Ichthyologists & Herpetologists 2002 – present
  • Member – Herpetologists’ League 2007 – present Executive Council 2007 – 2011
  • Chair – EE Williams Research Grant Committee 2009 – 2011

Partners

  • University of Georgia (Chandler, Howell)
  • Colorado State University (Bailey, Funk, Huyvaert)
  • Colorado Natural Heritage Program (Lambert)
  • USGS - ARMI (Adams, Hossack, Fisher, Walls, Waddle, Grant, Chambert, Pilliod)
  • USGS - Powell Center USGS (Vandever, Smalling, Anderson)
  • Pennsylvania State University (Miller, Amburgey)
  • Conservation Science Partners Arizona Game and Fish (Jones, Sredl)
  • USFWS (Crawford, Ireland)
  • Colorado Parks and Wildlife (Crockett)
  • University of Arizona (Stiedl, Zylstra)
  • University of Colorado (Johnson)
  • Zoological Society of London (Garner)
  • Rocky Mountain National Park (Watry)
  • Iowa State University (Pierce, Swanson)
  • University of Wyoming (Murphy)