Fascinating ‘See-Through Frog’ the Topic of Next Faculty at Large Lecture

Associate Professor of Biology Rick Lehtinen to speak on March 25 at The College of Wooster

3 March, 2014 by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio — Rick Lehtinen, associate professor of biology at The College of Wooster, will present "Father Knows Best? Field Studies of an Elusive See-Through Frog" at the next Faculty at Large lecture on Tuesday, March 25, at 11 a.m. in Lean Lecture Room of Wishart Hall (303 E. University St.). Admission is free and open to the public.

Lehtinen will discuss his recent fieldwork on frogs in the Caribbean islands of Trinidad and Tobago. His particular focus will be a species of glass frog, so-called because of its transparent belly through which the internal organs can be easily viewed. Male glass frogs in Tobago are often found closely associated with eggs that are placed on vegetation over rainforest streams. Lehtinen will report on studies he and his students have conducted to determine if this behavior is an example of parental care and, if so, what function this behavior might have. Other aspects of the natural history of this frog will also be presented, including its relationship with predators, its mating habits, and its evolutionary origins.

A member of Wooster's faculty since 2003, Lehtinen specializes in ecology and evolution with a particular interest in tropical biology and amphibians. He received his B.S. from Winona State University (1995), his M.S. (1997) from the University of Minnesota, and his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan (2003). The author of more than 30 scientific publications, Lehtinen received the Herpetologist's League Award for Graduate Student Research (2001) and the University of Michigan Horace H. Rackham Pre-Doctoral Fellowship (2002-2003). He is a member of several scholarly societies, including the Society for the Study of Evolution, the Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles, and the Herpetologist's League.

Additional information about the lecture is available by phone (330-263-2576) or e-mail.