The ENC Department of Biology and the Honors Scholar Society will welcome Dr. John Cossel Jr., professor of biology at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, ID, to campus for a special showing of his amphibian photo exhibit, “Naked Canaries”.
The exhibit is described as “a photographic exploration of the beauty and biology of amphibians, the causes of their declines, and their message for us all.” The photos will be showcased in Nease Library March 16-27 with a special evening showcase and lecture with Dr. Cossel on March 27 at 7:00pm in the Mann Student Center.
Dr. Cossel also partners with Jonathan Twining, ENC Assistant Professor of Biology, on research and outreach opportunities. “Dr. Cossel’s exhibit contains beautiful photographs of amphibians from his work in Idaho and Costa Rica,” Twining said. “His talk and the exhibit will tell the story of the beauty and importance of amphibians in our world, the reasons why they are declining, and how we should then respond. For anyone interested in photography, science, and the natural world, this is an event you won’t want to miss.”
March 16-27 – Photo Exhibit
Nease Library, 1st Floor
March 27, 7:00pm – An Evening with Dr. John Cossel Jr.
Mann Student Center
Photo Exhibit – Hebrew’s Cafe, First Floor
Lecture – Ruth Cameron Auditorium, Second Floor
About the artist – Dr. John Cossel Jr. is a professor of biology at Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, ID. A love of the natural world takes him into the field for herpetological research with his students and collaborators. He conducts ecological research on Idaho Giant Salamanders in the coniferous forests of northern Idaho. His research in the Neotropics focuses on the interactions between amphibians and the pathogenic fungus, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis. He and his students use a variety of techniques including tree climbing, radiotelemetry, geographical information systems, and real-time polyermase chain reactions. In addition to research, the Herpetology Lab at NNU maintains displays of living amphibians and reptiles for educational purposes.