Yellow-bellied toads in wood pastures

By Joern Fischer

Ben Scheele is currently visiting us in Romania. He’s from the Australian National University, where he studies frogs. And he’s taking a liking to the frogs of Transylvania! Here Ben’s explaining some of the challenges facing yellow-bellied toads, which may be negatively affected by changes to traditional grazing practices.


5 thoughts on “Yellow-bellied toads in wood pastures

  1. I am an architect and thus have no direct connection to any herpetology studies. But, as a coincidence (?) I happen to know Tibor Hartel, well known for his amphibian ecology studies in this particular area. It is very peculiar for me to hear an Australian researcher introducing a subject (a very interesting one, by the way) which I know is part of Hartel’s preoccupations for long time ago.

    Therefore, my question is if there a link between the information you present and Tibor Hartel’s studies (ideas)?

    • Hi Letitia — there sure is a link! Tibi is a central part of our work here in Transylvania, and he took Ben (who’s talking in the movie) for a walk across the wood pastures; and talked to him about yellow-bellied toads. Then Ben recorded the little movie. So, you’re absolutely right, the “original” source of this knowledge is our favourite local amphibian guru, Tibi!

  2. Thank you for explaining. Things are not so visible from ”outside”. I am following this blog with great pleasure and I find most of the ideas discussed here interesting.
    The idea of short videos presenting your field work I think has a great potential, but considering the articles on this blog, one can assume the scope of the presentation has mainly a scientific background, not popularization.
    In this context, I would have expected a more ”transparency” of ideas.

    I am looking forward seeing your studies results and suggestions.

  3. Hola – thanks Letitz!!! We were out with Ben and Alex on the field.

    In one hand certainly he realized alone that these toads are common. It is always good to have independent evaluations with the same conclusion. And details here or there, the yellow bellied toads are common, this is clear.

    In the other hand indeed I talked to him about the grazing problem. I would be very happy also to know that this is also ‘obvious’ – kinds of feedback that I perceive well things. So yes – we talked. Ben is certainly good – congratulations. In fact he say things even better than me because I suffer from the too much talk problem. He was able to hit the problem on the head very nicely and shortly. Good quality what he have at the age of 22-23 years and I still need to work on it at the age of 34 after 10 years of teaching!

    And also is good to see your (protective) reaction Letitia. Many thanks! I think that the blog thing is massively developing and this platform is a bit free, non academic. In my perception the blog tend to be a tool with increasing power in sharing ideas in quick and efficient way. Therefore probably a kind of ethic of publishing on blogs could be and will be developed in the future. Still many people may dont know where to put the blog publications in this respect.

  4. Hi Letitia, it was my mistake not to mention that Tibi was the source of information for this short movie. Being my first entry on any blog I simply forgot to mention that Tibi had provided the intellectual knowledge within this presentation. Tibi’s work within the region is truly inspirational and I also look forward to seeing more of this work published. Spending serval days with Tibi has been very enjoyable and has helped shape my ideas on amphibian ecology and interactions between humans and frogs!

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