Meet our Scientist: Justin Touchon, Frog Follower

Meet Smithsonian scientist Justin Touchon, a National Science Foundation postdoctoral researcher at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama.

Justin’s work focuses on developmental ecology and reproductive plasticity of the hourglass treefrog (Dendropsophus ebraccatus) and red-eyed treefrog (Agalychnis callidryas). Justin and his advisor, Karen Warkentin, were the first to have witnessed the frogs laying eggs in water, in addition to doing so on land—something with major implications for the evolutionary biology of similar creatures.

Posted: 21 November 2011
About the Author:

Brian Ireley is a digital media specialist at the Smithsonian’s Central Office of Public Affairs. Specializing in science communication and multimedia production, most of Brian’s work aims to make nerdy topics more accessible and fun.