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    Jonathan Kolby
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Not an animal...but it moves, communicates, & possibly even learns! The endlessly fascinating slime mold! This specimen of Plasmodial slime mold (Physarum) suddenly appeared inside my glass of water that was sitting on the counter in my apartment (germinating some plant seeds inside). The spores must have blown in the wind and into my apartment when I had the window open (which means I probably inhaled a few too!). These organisms can live freely as single-celled amoeboid protists, but can swarm together and fuse their cytoplasm to form a huge multicellular network, as pictured here. It pulsates and shares information in response to stimuli, such as "Where's the food? Oh, you tasted it first on the left? Ok, let's all flow in that direction!".
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#macro #nature #science #biology #nature #slime #amazing #closeup #ecology #yourshotphotographer @natgeoyourshot
Not an animal...but it moves, communicates, & possibly even learns! The endlessly fascinating slime mold! This specimen of Plasmodial slime mold (Physarum) suddenly appeared inside my glass of water that was sitting on the counter in my apartment (germinating some plant seeds inside). The spores must have blown in the wind and into my apartment when I had the window open (which means I probably inhaled a few too!). These organisms can live freely as single-celled amoeboid protists, but can swarm together and fuse their cytoplasm to form a huge multicellular network, as pictured here. It pulsates and shares information in response to stimuli, such as "Where's the food? Oh, you tasted it first on the left? Ok, let's all flow in that direction!". . #macro  #nature  #science  #biology  #nature  #slime  #amazing  #closeup  #ecology  #yourshotphotographer  @natgeoyourshot
Happy #FrogFriday from the #HARCC @frogrescue team! Here's a handsome Mossy Red-eyed #Frog (Duellmanohyla soralia): 1 of 3 endangered species that we're working to protect in Honduras.
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#frogs #nature #wildlife #herpetology #science #rainforest #conservation #cute #biology #nationalgeographic @stateoftropics @enviro_sci
It's been a long week! I think everyone could use a good #frog hug!
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#FrogFriday #frogs #love #nature #hugs #cute #wildlife #outdoors #macro #animals #herpetology #hug
Today, learned that this flowering plant is actually a #parasite! This teeny tiny flower is only about 5 millimeters wide! Gymnosiphon suaveolens is  a tiny, slender, leafless plant without chlorophyll that is a parasite on mycorrhizal #fungi.  It can remain underground for many years, emerging only when the conditions are right to flower and fruit. Found at the #HARCC @frogrescue site in Cusuco National Park, Honduras. Thanks to @challenguate for the ID!
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#forest #flowers #nature #blossom #scenery #outdoors #mushrooms #mycology #science #environment
Today, learned that this flowering plant is actually a #parasite ! This teeny tiny flower is only about 5 millimeters wide! Gymnosiphon suaveolens is a tiny, slender, leafless plant without chlorophyll that is a parasite on mycorrhizal #fungi . It can remain underground for many years, emerging only when the conditions are right to flower and fruit. Found at the #HARCC  @frogrescue site in Cusuco National Park, Honduras. Thanks to @challenguate for the ID! . #forest  #flowers  #nature  #blossom  #scenery  #outdoors  #mushrooms  #mycology  #science  #environment 
Are you having a rough day? You're probably still having a better day than this wasp with cordyceps #fungus bursting through its body! Found at the #HARCC @frogrescue site in Cusuco National Park, Honduras.
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#insect #macro #entomology #wildlife #science #biology #insects #mushrooms #mushroomsociety #nature #yourshotphotographer @natgeoyourshot
I'm a #frog scientist, so my hands are often occupied by frogs wherever I go!  Don't miss our new #HARCC frog rescue update at: https://youtu.be/bttqHst-yBg (link in bio above) 
#scientistswhoselfie #scicomm #science @scientistselfies .
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#frogs #conservation #herpetology #nature #field #scientist #research #biology #wildlife #conservation #animal #fieldwork
Have you ever seen such a tiny #fossil shark tooth? I found this one at the beach in Calvert Cliffs, #Maryland.
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#shark #ocean #fossils #beach #naturalhistory #marine #geology #rock #animal #science #nature
Nothing as happy as a #toad in the rain! This giant Cane Toad was loving the storm outside the #HARCC @frogrescue center in Tela, Honduras. Don't miss our new frog rescue update at: https://youtu.be/bttqHst-yBg (link in bio above).
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#nature #wildlife #herpetology #science #amphibian #biology #rain #weather #storm #slowmotion #frogfriday #biology #expedition
Lizards with mohawks! The #HARCC @frogrescue field site in the cloud forest of Cusuco National Park, Honduras is full of so many amazing #reptiles like this Helmeted #Iguana (Corytophanes cristatus).
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#lizard #reptile #herpetology #macro #rainforest #nature #1frame4nature #wildlife #lizards #science #yourshotphotographer #biology @natgeoyourshot
This Net-Casting #Spider (Deinopis sp.) creates a highly specialized web "net" that it tosses at an unlucky #insect passing by! The net is elastic and expands similar to a fishing net when thrown!
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#macro #entomology #wildlife #science #biology #insects #closeup #nature #animal #patterns #yourshotphotographer @natgeoyourshot
Happy #WorldLizardDay! Enjoy the hypnotic spiral tail of this Mountain Chameleon (Calumma hilleniusi) that I found in Ankaratra, #Madagascar.
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#lizard #reptile #herpetology #chameleon #animal #nature #wildlife #macro #patterns #lizards #1frame4nature #science #yourshotphotographer #biology @natgeoyourshot
Looking back at my trip to Capitol Reef National Park, #Utah, with @rei #adventures. This place was AMAZING! It was my first true experience in the desert, a bit different than the rainforests I'm usually exploring!
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#hiking #landscape #nature #adventure #travel #nationalgeographic #wilderness #natureaddict #wildernessculture #yourshotphotographer #keepitwild #mountains #wanderlust #optoutside #getoutside
This inquisitive Gulf Coast Toad (Incilius valliceps) was a friendly neighbor outside the #HARCC @frogrescue center in Tela, Honduras.
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#toad #nature #wildlife #herpetology #science #amphibian #cute #nationalgeographic #frog #smile #portrait
This frog has that #FridayFeeling smile!  This Exquisite Spike-thumb #Frog (Plectrohylla exquisita) is found only in Cusuco National Park, Honduras and is a #HARCC @frogrescue species.  See all 3 species at: http://www.frogrescue.com/the-species/
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#frogs #nature #wildlife #herpetology #smiling #science #rainforest #conservation #biology #nationalgeographic #smile #green #FrogFriday @stateoftropics @enviro_sci @natgeoyourshot
Happy #FrogFriday from the #HARCC @frogrescue team!  Here's a baby Mossy Red-eyed #Frog (Duellmanohyla soralia): 1 of 3 endangered species that we're working to protect in Honduras.
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#frogs #nature #wildlife #herpetology #science #rainforest #conservation #cute #biology #nationalgeographic @stateoftropics @enviro_sci @natgeoyourshot
I'm joining the group of #scientistswhoselfie to show how #Instagram is a helpful tool, not only for science communication, but also to improve public perception of scientists as approachable and friendly people.
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My name is Jonathan and for the past 10 years, I've been studying the spread of amphibian chytrid fungus & the global frog extinction crisis. I recently completed my PhD at @JCU in Australia and I'm now building a #HARCC frog rescue center in Honduras (@frogrescue) to save endangered frogs from extinction caused by disease. I'm also a @natgeo explorer and in my day job, I work with @usfws as a wildlife trade & conservation policy specialist. I think it's easy for people to lose their connection to nature in today's fast-paced world and forget why it's so important to protect biodiversity. That's why I try to be active on social media and share my love and passion for research, conservation, and exploration. I hope that my photos and tidbits of info can help inspire at least one more person each day to appreciate nature!
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Don't forget to follow the fantastic researchers running the @scientistselfies study to see their updates & follow this important work: @scicommnerd @the_brain_scientist @biologistimogene @science.sam .

#science #frogs #herpetology #nature #scicomm #scienceeducation #sciencecommunication #scientist #research #herpetology #biology #wildlife #conservation #cute #frog #animal #fieldwork #education
I'm joining the group of #scientistswhoselfie  to show how #Instagram  is a helpful tool, not only for science communication, but also to improve public perception of scientists as approachable and friendly people. . My name is Jonathan and for the past 10 years, I've been studying the spread of amphibian chytrid fungus & the global frog extinction crisis. I recently completed my PhD at @JCU in Australia and I'm now building a #HARCC  frog rescue center in Honduras (@frogrescue) to save endangered frogs from extinction caused by disease. I'm also a @natgeo explorer and in my day job, I work with @usfws as a wildlife trade & conservation policy specialist. I think it's easy for people to lose their connection to nature in today's fast-paced world and forget why it's so important to protect biodiversity. That's why I try to be active on social media and share my love and passion for research, conservation, and exploration. I hope that my photos and tidbits of info can help inspire at least one more person each day to appreciate nature! . Don't forget to follow the fantastic researchers running the @scientistselfies study to see their updates & follow this important work: @scicommnerd @the_brain_scientist @biologistimogene @science.sam . #science  #frogs  #herpetology  #nature  #scicomm  #scienceeducation  #sciencecommunication  #scientist  #research  #herpetology  #biology  #wildlife  #conservation  #cute  #frog  #animal  #fieldwork  #education 
Welcome to my #HARCC @frogrescue center!  Take a sneak peek inside!  We just finished a great few weeks of additional construction & are almost ready for some #frogs!!! More info about this #frog rescue effort at the direct link in my bio above, and also at our website: http://www.frogrescue.com/ 🐸
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#science #herpetology #nature #FrogFriday #scicomm #scientistswhoselfie #scientist #research #herpetology #biology #wildlife #conservation #animal #education #awareness
Welcome to my #HARCC  @frogrescue center! Take a sneak peek inside! We just finished a great few weeks of additional construction & are almost ready for some #frogs !!! More info about this #frog  rescue effort at the direct link in my bio above, and also at our website: http://www.frogrescue.com/ 🐸 . #science  #herpetology  #nature  #FrogFriday  #scicomm  #scientistswhoselfie  #scientist  #research  #herpetology  #biology  #wildlife  #conservation  #animal  #education  #awareness