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JCM and a Boa Constrictor on Monas Island.

John C. Murphy has four decades of experience in science education and administration as well as ecological field experience in temperate and tropical ecosystems. His primary research focus has been biodiversity, with an emphasis on amphibians and reptiles. The photography on this web site is a product of field work carried out in the USA, the eastern Caribbean, Southeast Asia and elsewhere.

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  • Crack pots, insanity, and some really sick human beings April 11, 2017
    Snakes provide a variety of ecosystem services, not the least of which is rodent control. This is a free service provide by nature. However, like much of what is free, Republicans insist on privatizing it so somebody can make a profit.Arizona HB2022 failed on a tie vote yesterday (April 10, 2017). The bill, if passed, […]
  • Logging & Leatherbacks April 10, 2017
    Leatherback turtle hatchlings. Photo Credit: Juan Patiño Debris from logging in tropical forests is threatening the survival of hatchling leatherback turtles and the success of mothers at one of the world's most important nesting sites in Colombia.New research by the University of Exeter and the Doñana Biological Station in Seville, Spain, has found that debris on […]
  • Lowland amphibians are at higher risk from future climate warming. April 7, 2017
    A new study of Peruvian frogs living at a wide variety of elevations -- from the Amazon floodplain to high Andes peaks -- lends support to the idea that lowland amphibians are at higher risk from future climate warming.That's because the lowland creatures already live near the maximum temperatures they can tolerate, while high-elevation amphibians […]