Erin Muths

BS’86, Wildlife Ecology

After earning her degree from CALS, Muths went on to study kangaroo rats for her master’s degree and then kangaroos for her Ph.D. Her current work continues the hopping theme: At the U.S. Geological Survey in Fort Collins, Colorado, Muths studies the ecology and population dynamics of chorus frogs and boreal toads, both endangered in the state. Sadly, that’s not a rare condition for amphibians—nearly one-third of the world’s more than 6,000 amphibian species are threatened with extinction. Muths’ work helps to understand the role of disease in amphibian populations, offering hope for bringing these fragile populations back from the brink.