The Frog Scientist

The Frog Scientist


Using the book, The Frog Scientist you will learn how scientists perform research investigations to answer questions and solve problems. You also will learn how environmental problems affecting animal species in the wild could affect humans. You and your team members should refer to The Frog Scientist to answer your set of questions from the list below (each set of questions corresponds to the respective chapter in the book). You also can use the resources listed on The Frog Scientist student esheet.

1. What is the subject of Dr. Tyrone Hayes’ research discussed in the book? Why is this research important? What types of methods are Dr. Hayes and his students using to collect specimens and what types of specimens are they collecting for their studies?



2. How did Dr. Tyrone Hayes’ experiences as a child, teenager in high school, and college student affect his decision to become a scientist? What scientific research did Tyrone perform while in college?



3. What problem did amphibian scientists from all over the world say was being faced by frogs, toads, salamanders, and caecilians? What were some of the causes of the problem proposed by scientists?



4. What is atrazine used for and why is it important to know if the use of atrazine is safe to use? What type of experiments did Tyrone perform in his lab and what were the results? Were the lab experiments enough to answer his questions about atrazine?



5. Describe the type of work Dr. Hayes’ students do in the lab. What is a hypothesis? What was Dr. Hayes’ hypothesis about atrazine and frogs? Summarize the experiment that Dr. Hayes and his students did with the frogs.



6. How did Dr. Hayes and his students analyze the effects of atrazine on the male frogs from Dugway Pond? What type of data was collected? What did Dr. Hayes conclude after analyzing the data and how were the experiments communicated to others?



7. If atrazine is believed to be a threat to frogs and the environment, why is it still being used in the United States? Is atrazine still used in other countries? Does Dr. Hayes believe that atrazine is the only problem facing frogs or are there other factors that could be affecting them? According to Dr. Hayes, is performing research enough to help save amphibians?



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