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Research Focus Questions

1. Can we determine the population size and/or occurrence of anurans (frogs and toads)?

2. Can we develop an understanding of the fluctuations and trends in local, regional and continental anuran populations?

3. Can we separate chronic changes (especially declines) from natural fluctuations?

These research focus question are intended to give directions to your study of amphibian populations. At this point we are trying to develop a deep understanding of this organism and the factors that effect it's population numbers. It's life history, it's development, it's usefulness as a bioindicator, and why declining populations are discussed as an environmental problem.

Working to answer these focus questions, combined with the background information provided, and information that you develop on your own, should help us have a rich understanding of amphibian populations. It is from this understanding that additional question will emerge and drive research.

With these focus questions guiding your work, proceed to the background information on amphibians.

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