27 Feb '12, 9pm

Salamanders Learn to Live With Pollution

Steven P. Brady A Yale University researcher has documented the ability of salamanders to adapt to harsh environments like wetlands polluted by runoff from roads. Amphibians, and those who love them, was the subject of a recent article by our colleague Kim Severson, who noted that Mississippians are joining the legions worldwide who don’t want to see salamanders or frogs become roadkill when they cross highways to mate. Hence toad tunnels, salamander bucket brigades and the like. (It brought to mind another memorable toad-tunnel article written 25 years ago by Francis X. Clines, another Times colleague.) But for all of this to-ing and fro-ing across asphalt, attention must also be paid to the wet places where salamanders hang out once they’ve gotten to the other side — and whether those homes are good for them. Steven P. Brady, a doctoral candidate at Yale’s School of Fore...

Full article: http://green.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/27/learning-to-liv...

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