Johannes Penner, Dr.

Frogs & Friends e.V., Berlin – Germany, University of Freiburg, Museum fuer Naturkunde Berlin
BII expert in: Amphibians and reptiles

My work mainly focuses on understanding who lives where and why? Starting from ground surveys and taxonomic identification to ecological requirements of individual species and overarching biogeographical questions with the main aim to provide relevant data for urgently required conservation actions.

Work from colleagues in West Africa and other regions in the world indicate that consumption of frogs could lead to an increase in mosquito transmitted diseases because the tadpoles of some species feed on mosquito larvae. Establishing a system where frogs can be used sustainably and with benefits for humans and nature would be an excellent step forward.