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Richard J. Wassersug

Job Title: Professor
Employer: Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology and Department of Biology, Dalhousie University
Place of Birth: Boston, Mass. USA
Public School attended: Broadmeadows Junior High School, Quincy, Mass.
High School attended: Thayer Academy, Braintree, Mass.
Further Education: Tufts University (B.A.), University of Chicago (Ph.D.).
Geographic focus of research: Atlantic Canada

Brief synopsis of current research:
I primarily study the ecology, morphology and behaviour of anuran (frog and toad) larvae. I am interested in, among other things, the interaction of various factors, such as pollution and predation, on amphibian larval populations.

Mailing address:
Department of Biology, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 4H7
Phone: (902)494-2244; Fax: (902)494-1212


Recent Publications:

Wassersug, R.J. 1977 Assessing and controlling amphibian populations from the larval perspective. In: D. Green (ed.) Amphibians in Decline: Canadian Studies of a Global Problem. Herpetological Conservation 1: 271-281.

Major, N. and R.J. Wassersug 1998 Survey of current techniques in the care and maintenance of the African clawed frog (Xenopus laevis). Contemporary Topics, 37:51-53.

Waldick R., B. Freedman, and R.J. Wassersug 1999 The consequences for amphibians of the conversion of natural, mixed-species forests to conifer plantations in eastern Canada. Can. Field Naturalist 113:408-418.

Blair, J. and R.J. Wassersug 2000 Variation in the pattern of predator-induced damage to tadpole tails. Copeia 2000 (in press).

Hoff, K.vS. and R.J. Wassersug 2000 Tadpole locomotion: axial movements and tail functions in a largely vertebraeless vertebrate. Amer. Zool. 40: (in press).