Frank Santana

Blogger Profile: Frank Santana

Frank Santana is a herpetologist with the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, where his research is focused on amphibian conservation. Growing up in El Cajon, California, Frank's passion for amphibians was fostered by frequent trips with his mom to a local creek where he would observe tadpoles and frogs for hours. He obtained his bachelor's degree in ecology at University of California, Santa Cruz, and at master's degree in the same field at San Diego State University.
From Tadpoles to Froglets: Headstarting Endangered Mountain Yellow-Legged Frogs

From Tadpoles to Froglets: Headstarting Endangered Mountain Yellow-Legged Frogs

Well, if it takes a village to rear one Homo sapiens, then it certainly takes a lot of villagers to raise more than 500 mountain yellow-legged frog Rana muscosa tadpoles!   read more

Mountain Yellow-Legged Frogs: Life Beyond the City

Mountain Yellow-Legged Frogs: Life Beyond the City

The goal of my research is to improve our understanding of the critically endangered mountain yellow-legged frog Rana muscosa, with the ultimate goal of reintroducing populations back into the mountains of Southern California.   read more

Desert Memories

Desert Memories

One of my fondest memories as a kid was my first-ever camping trip in the Anza-Borrego Desert with my uncle.   read more