Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Our Thanks to Robert Hill

This month is the end of an era in the Amphibian Conservation Program. Robert Hill is leaving the Garden to continue at Zoo Atlanta. In the past four years, Robert has done tremendous things to help imperiled amphibian species both in Georgia and in the neotropics. He has also contributed to the further development of the Atlanta Botanical Garden's Amphibian Conservation Program into one of the top programs of its kind in the country.

photo by Cyndi Moore
During Robert's tenure at the Garden he has managed our large collection of rare and endangered frogs, including assisting in the successful reproduction of species such as: Gastrotheca cornuta, Anotheca spinosa, Cruziohyla calcarifer and Agalychnis lemur. Robert has a leading role in repatriation efforts for the rare and Georgia native Gopher frog. Robert has published quite a bit in the past few years, particularly with range extensions, contributing to our knowledge of the natural history of some of our native Georgian species. He has won numerous awards, including 'Employee of the Year' last year at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

We look forward to future collaborations with Robert and Zoo Atlanta