ATAG Grant

Amphibian Taxon Advisory Group Grant

To date, the ATAG has awarded over $30,000 for a variety of amphibian conservation and research programs.   The application cycle, application, and past awards are listed below.


The Grant period is currently closed and will reopen in Spring 2025. If you are interested in supporting the ATAG Grants program, please contact any of our Steering Committee members.

ATAG Past Grant Recipients:


Pearl Cales, Staten Island Zoo: “Conservation Assessment of the Endangered Species, Eleutherodactylus lentus.”


Pearl Cales, Staten Island Zoo: “Educational Outreach and Acoustic Monitoring of Eleutherodactylus lentus

Luis Carrillo, Brevard Zoo: “Rescuing Operation for Ambystoma cingulatum


Heidi Ross, EVACC Foundation: “Design, Fabrication, and Testing of Mesocosms for the Reintroduction of Panamanian Amphibians.”


Dr. Bryan Windmiller, Zoo New England: “Education and Outreach through Marbled Salamander Headstarting.” Awarded $1,000.

Edgardo Griffith, EVACC Foundation: “Outfitting a new captive breeding facility for Critically Endangered Panamanian Amphibians.” Awarded $1,000.

Debra Miller, DVM, PhD. & Rebecca Hardman, DVM, PhD., University of Tennessee: “Efficacy of Terbinafine Implants to Provide Antifungal Treatment and Increase Survival in Hellbenders (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis).” Awarded $1,000.


Margaret Rousser, Conservation Manager, Conservation Society of California/Oakland Zoo: “Headstarting and Reintroduction of Rana muscosa to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.” Awarded $2,000


Kristin Hinkson, Research Technician, Memphis Zoo: “Genetic Comparisons between Captive and Natural Dusky Gopher Frog (Lithobates sevosus) Populations.”  Awarded $1000.00

Lacy Rucker, Graduate Research Assistant (Ph.D. Student), West Virginia University: “The Impacts of Climate Change on the Growth, Survival, and Competition of Terrestrial Salamanders in Central Appalachia.”  Awarded $1000.00


Susan Lyndaker Lindsey, Ph.D., Mesker Park Zoo and Botanic Garden:  “Indiana’s first captive breeding program for the Eastern hellbender.”  Awarded $1000

Stephen Nelson, Zoo Knoxville: “Description of a new species of waterdog (Necturus sp.) from Tennessee.” Awarded $1000


Kiley Buggeln, Hutchinson Zoo: “Dusky Gopher Frog Initiative.”  Awarded $2,000

Gustavo Ernesto Quintero Diaz, Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes: “Reproduction ex situ of Smilisca dentata and Lithobates neovolcanicus.” Awarded$2,000.


Dr. Michael Lannoo, Indiana University School of Medicine: “Developing Repatriation Techniques for Crawfish Frogs (Lithobates areolatus) in Reclaimed Grasslands.”  Awarded $538.00.

Dr. Michael Lannoo, Indiana University School of Medicine: “Can Captive-reared Tadpoles Re-establish Crawfish Frog Populations?” Awarded $600.00.

Michelle Moses, Sunset Zoo: “Puerto Rican Crested Toad Captive Breeding Program.” Awarded $885.00.


Dr. Corinne Richards-Zawacki, Tulane University: “Rays of Hope: Identifying factors mediating the survival of Panamanian golden frog populations.” Awarded $1,000.

Jessi Bushell, San Francisco Zoo: “Head-starting Sierra Nevada Yellow-Legged Frogs, Rana sierra, for Conservation Initiatives in the Lake Tahoe Basin, California.” Awarded $1,678.


Katherine Baumberger, California State University: “Home range and habitat preference of the western spadefoot toad (Spea hammondii) in Orange County Protected Areas.” Awarded $1,000.

Dan Costell, Lowry Park Zoo: “Increasing capacity at the Lowry Park Zoo for Puerto Rican crested toad reintroductions.” Awarded $1,000.


Amy McMillan, Buffalo State College: “Conservation Genetics of Allegheny Hellbenders in New York State” to aid in reintroduction efforts with hellbenders head-started from Buffalo Zoo. Awarded $1,000.

Tim Herman and Andrew Odum, Toledo Zoo: “Educational Materials for the Conservation of Guatemalan Amphibians.” Awarded $1,000.

Sean Putney, Kansas City Zoo: “Educational Video Highlighting the Wyoming toad and Collaborative Efforts for its Recovery.” Awarded $300.


Robert Hill, Atlanta Botanical Gardens: “Water Quality Monitoring to Better Assess Suitability of Captive Rearing Facilities and Recipient Sites for Head Started Carolina Gopher Frogs Rana [Lithobates] capito) in Georgia.” Awarded $1000.

Carmen Linares, Africam Safari: “Protecting the Large-Crested Toad (Incillus cristatus)”: booklet as a mean to Achieve in situ conservation. Awarded $1,000.


Paul Crump, Houston Zoo: “Houston Toad in situ Monitoring Surveys.” Awarded $1,000.

Brian Gratwicke, National Zoo: “Is chytridiomycosis affecting Appalachian salamanders?” Awarded $1,000.

Robert Hill, Atlanta Botanical Gardens: “Head Starting & Repatriation of Carolina Gopher Frogs (Rana [Lithobates] capito) on Protected Land in Southwestern Georgia.” Awarded $888.

Carlos Martinez Rivera, Philadelphia Zoo: “Conservation of critically endangered harlequin frogs, (Anura: Bufonidae: Atelopus) from the eastern slopes of the Ecuadorian Andes.” Awarded $1,000.


Jen Stabile, Central Florida Zoo: “Husbandry Development, Capacity Building for Eleuthrodactylids in Puerto Rico.” Awarded $500.

Ron Gagliardo, Atlanta Botanical Gardens: “Head starting the Gopher Frog (Rana capito): Conserving Georgia’s most threatened frog.” Awarded $940.

Terry Robison, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo: “Vernal Pool Creation/Enhancement and Wood Frog Repatriation Project.” Awarded $1,000.


Cindy Kreider, Erie Zoo: “Erie Zoo’s Amphibian Conservation Classroom.” Awarded $1,000.

Bob Johnson, Toronto Zoo: “Capacity Building in Mexico for Axolotl.” Awarded $1,000.


Diane Barber, Fort Worth Zoo: “Educational Outreach to Benefit the Puerto Rican Crested Toad.” Awarded $1,000.

Paul Crump, Houston Zoo: “Construction of El Valle Amphibian Conservation Center in Panama.” Awarded $1,000.