June 30, 2005
Dr. Jane Hey, professor and chair of biology at Morningside College, was a contributing author for “Amphibian Declines: The Conservation Status of United States Species” edited by Michael Lannoo and released in June by University of California Press. Hey, along with research partner Dr. Eugenia Farrar, associate professor of zoology and genetics at Iowa State University in Ames, wrote the species account for spea bombifrons, or Plains spadefoot toad.
The book documents the rapidly declining amphibian populations and developmental problems that are increasingly prevalent within many amphibian species. It includes essays regarding causes of declines, conservation, surveys and monitoring, and education, as well as species accounts describing the life history and natural history of every known amphibian species in the United States.
Hey and Farrar have been collaborating on amphibian research projects since 1990. Most recently, they have been conducting studies to monitor, document, and report on amphibian and reptile diversity, distribution, and success of the restored Owego Wetlands Project near Hornick, Iowa.
Hey joined the faculty at Morningside in 1979. She received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Monmouth College in Ill., a master’s degree in environmental biology from the University of Iowa at Iowa City, and a doctorate in zoology and genetics from Iowa State University in Ames.