Collaborative Research

We use the power of our collaborators to study salamander responses to environmental conditions.

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Science Education

Educators are a key part of our team. See how we integrate education as part of our research efforts, including teaching materials.

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Who are we?

Learn more about our network participants: federal agencies, universities and colleges, educators, nature centers, and museums.

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Since 2013

Our Mission


The Salamander Population and Adaptation Research Collaboration Network is a regional initiative designed to advance our understanding of environmental change on salamander ecology. Using the expertise of our collaborators, our research spans genetics, physiology, behavior, and demography to investigate salamander responses to changes in temperature, precipitation, and other habitat features.


Our mission is also two-fold. Salamanders are accessible to people of all ages, and they are a great topic for educators who teach about science, wildlife, and environment. By working with K-12 teachers, environmental centers, and college/university faculty, SPARCnet works to develop meaningful curricula that engages students and has them participate in real research. We believe this is critical for improving science literacy and preparing the next generation of scientists.

For more information, please see either our Research or Education pages.


Looking to participate?

Interested in becoming more involved with SPARCnet? Please contact us about participating in research or education. We are always expanding and can find a level of participation appropriate for whatever your interests.