Episode 14, Series 2 – Ecuador, a frog and a research station

In this episode of the Life Sciences Podcast I decided to talk about something slightly different from the usual “check out this really cool science fact” that I tend to go for. This time I wanted to tell you a story that begun with one man’s search for a very rare frog, more than 12 years ago, and led to the construction of a research station in one of the most biodiverse places on the planet.

Space coordinates: Ecuador, Sumaco National Park, Payamino.

Main characters: Prof. Richard Preziosi, from the Faculty of Life Sciences, and Andrew Gray, curator of herpetology at the Manchester Museum and writer of the Frog Blog.

Other characters: an elusive and strange looking frog with vertical pupils and the Quichwa tribe of Amazonian Ecuador.

I won’t say any more, go and listen to the podcast and let Richard and Andrew transport you to this place of incomparable beauty!

Sweet Sweet Nectar

Pretty animals in Ecuador

Golden Orb Spider

Not so pretty animals in Ecuador


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