NANFA-- Salamander request (fwd)

Bruce Stallsmith (
Wed, 26 Apr 2000 09:44:54 EDT

I received the following e-mail from Andy Baldwin (below). If anyone in the
southern Appalachians comes across these species this summer he would be
grateful if you could help his research.

--Bruce Stallsmith
Huntsville, AL

Dear Dr. Stallsmith,

I am currently working on my dissertation at the University of Texas at
Arlington under the direction of Paul Chippindale and Jonathan Campbell and
am taking a bit of a "stab in the dark" here. I am working on the molecular
systematics of the Pseudotriton, Gyrinophilus, and Stereocheilus salamander
genera and am looking for connections to people who are in the field and
might happen to turn up a specimen now and then. Preliminary results are
showing rather large divergences among southern populations and therefore I
need more southern representatives. Many of the specimens that I have
currently have been collected by folks doing OTHER projects and are just
kind enough to save a salamander for me when they find one. Given my
teaching obligations this summer, I am unfortunately limited to the amount
of field collecting that I can do myself. I realize that salamander
systematics may not be your own field of expertise, but I searched the
internet for faculty members at southern universities and you seemed like a
good potential contact.

If you, any of your colleagues, or students ever turn up red or mud
salamanders while out in the field, I would like to possibly work out any
arrangements to acquire the specimens (or tissues). Hopefully some day, I
can return the favor.

Thank you for any help that you can offer. If you have any questions or
information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Best regards,

Andy Baldwin

Andrew S. Baldwin
University of Texas at Arlington
Department of Biology, Box 19498
Arlington, Texas 76019
Campus: 817-272-2871
Home: 817-801-3357

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