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Dr. Pilliod Dr. Pilliod

Forest Service Station: Non Forest Service Scientist

My favorite science experience is going out at night to look for frogs and toads. I use flashlights to find them clinging to branches in the trees, floating in ponds, or among fallen leaves and vegetation along streams. Sometimes I only see their beady eyes shining in the dark. I often work at night because that is the time when some frogs are most active. For example, I am studying the effects of disease on a boreal toad population in Wyoming. During the daytime I can find a couple of toads in the pond, but around 11 pm they appear in the pond by the hundreds. I am studying how social behavior influences the spread of disease in these toads.