Really enjoyed putting together this piece and finding out about just some of the conservation efforts by the researchers at The University of Manchester!

Manchester Life Scientists

Today, Thursday 3rd March, is World Wildlife Day 2016. This is a day focussed on raising awareness of the wild animals and plants of the world, in particular, endangered species. In order celebrate World Wildlife day 2016, we spoke to a few academics and a student in the Faculty of Life Sciences, to recognise the work being done by them which can help to conserve species.

Amphibians are the most endangered animals on the planet. The reason for this is due to a number of factors including over-exploitation, land conversion and disease. However the biggest contributor to amphibian decline is climate change. Amphibians are very sensitive to climate change because they are ectotherms, and they need constant access to water due to the fact that they have permeable skin, meaning that they breathe through their skin, and are therefore very susceptible to pollutants.

We spoke to Professor Richard Preziosi…

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