Salamanders are in trouble. We live in a world that is changing, and amphibians have it rough. Between new diseases, climate change, chemicals, and losing habitat, salamanders are threatened on all sides.
Appalachian mountains host the widest breadth of salamander diversity in the world, and we should probably be working on preserving it. But, most people in these mountains don't even know their sitting on a treasure trove of biodiversity.
This project aims to create charismatic characters of these cryptic creatures, to frame them in a new light, and draw public attention and affection. All the while teaching people about topics in science and conservation.
Selections from my MSc Biolgical Photography and Imaging thesis project, "The Hidden World of Salamanders".
The Spring Salamander goes by many names, including tiger salamander, spring salamander, Gyrinophilus porphyriticus, and spring lizard. Salamanders, for what it's worth, are not lizards.
Another D. quadramaculatus wedges itself in the dark damp corners of some manmade stairs along the edge of a trailside spring.
This is the cover of the 50 page book about Appalachian Salamanders, which was written, photographed, designed, and printed by me.
The Desmognathus Spread
Did you know that the genus Desmognathus probably evolved "backwards" from Plethodontids to live without lungs in oxygen rich mountain creeks.
Salamanders are hunters and are hunted in return! Hm. I wonder if predator selection has any affects on their color?
(Hint: Yes. It does.)
The Black-bellied salamander, or Desmognathus quadramaculatus, is a voracious predator. It's presence in a stream can have profound effects on the stream's salamander ecology.
A concise portfolio of my ongoing collection of natural history and nature photography. All photos are for sale as prints.
People in Notts
Have you ever looked closely at skin? I have. Microphotography for fun!
The cross section of a human thumb! You can clearly see the epidermal, dermal, and sub-dermal layers.
Phase-Contrast Eel Scales
Horses sweat. A lot. I happen to be allergic to it. So really this slide is about facing my fears. (Not really, I just think the sweat glands are cool!)
Phase Contrast Dogfish Scales
We have a stratum corneum, mucus glands, poison glands, and chromatophores. What more could you ask for?
This frog skin slide is looks from the top. Here you can see all of the different chromatophores that give the skin its color.