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Dr. David Skelly Speaks on Sex and the Suburban Frog

Students, faculty, and community members packed Olin Auditorium to hear Dr. David Skelly speak on “Sex and the Suburban Frog: Endocrine Disruption in Settled Landscapes.

Dr. David Skelly received his B.A. at Middlebury College, and then went on to earn his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan. He has also completed post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Wollongong, the University of Washington, and Yale University. Currently, Dr. Skelly is a Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale University, as well as their Associate Dean of Research and Director of Doctoral Studies. His research focuses on the impacts of landscape change and forest canopy on amphibian populations. He also teaches courses pertaining to aquatic ecology and landscape ecology, and is the Curator of Vertebrate Zoology at the Peabody Museum of Natural History. Skelly has received countless grants and awards for his work.


Dr. Skelly spent a busy day at Ursinus College:

  • He began his visit by lunching with Biology Department faculty; then
  • he presented a lecture on “Microgeographic adaptation: using amphibians to unravel scale in evolutionary change” in the Biology Department weekly lecture series; after which he joined
  • a discussion with students in The Forum on the impacts of factors acting synergistically to contribute to amphibian decline, then
  • enjoyed dinner with CSCG fellows, and ended by presenting
  • his lecture on “Sex and the Suburban Frog” to an audience of over 300 students, faculty, and community members in Olin Auditorium at 7pm that evening.