Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Wednesday, April 10th, 2019
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Amphibians: More Than Just a Slimy Face
Roberta Muehlheim, Assistant Curator of Vertebrate Zoology
Amphibians are some of the longest inhabitants of Earth, colonizing land some 370 million years ago.
Their success is due to the evolution of some remarkable and novel adaptations. Their many unique approaches to life have not only benefited amphibians, but have proven to be vitally important to human health and medicine. Roberta Muehlheim will talk about her fieldwork with amphibians and discuss their amazing abilities and their importance to life on the planet. After the talk, we will take a short behind-the-scenes tour of the vertebrate zoology department.
As assistant curator of vertebrate zoology, Roberta Muehlheim oversees the department’s research collection of 47,000 specimens that includes mammals, reptiles, amphibians and fish. Her research focuses primarily on the ecology of amphibians, with emphasis on disease in wild populations.