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Conservation has been a focus of the Museum's program since its founding. Early in its history, the MVZ concerned itself with "economic zoology" as well as "pure science". The former evolved over time into what is known today as conservation biology. The noted conservationist A. Starker Leopold was a member of the Museum staff throughout his long career at Berkeley. In recent years, Dale McCullough and Steve Beissinger have held appointments as research conservation biologists in the Museum.

The first major conservation activity of the Museum involved the establishment of Yosemite National Park. Museum staff members conducted the first substantive biological surveys of the park, and Joseph Grinnell played a key role in determining the park's boundaries and in developing policies concerning wildlife and its protection within the park. Today, MVZ curators, staff, and students conduct research that is either directly applicable to conservation biology, or that provides essential baseline information that is used in the conservation of species and associated habitats. There are also special projects in progress, including the development of a web-based information system dealing with world-wide amphibian declines.

Links of Interest

Frog Watch
International Union for the Conservation of Nature
National Biological Information Infrastructure
North American Amphibian Monitoring Program
Project FeederWatch

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