New Zealand Journal of Ecology (2023) 47(2): 3526

New Zealand native frogs: a special tribute to honour Phil Bishop (1957–2021) for his dedication and contribution to frog research and conservation

Jennifer M. Germano 1*
Debbie Bishop 2
Javiera Cisternas 3
Bastian Egeter 4
Emily Hotham 5
Ben D. Bell 6
  1. Terrestrial Science Unit, Biodiversity Group, Department of Conservation, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
  2. Dunedin, 2 Dinmont Street, Waverley, 9013, New Zealand
  3. Aumen o el eco de los montes NGO, Coyhaique 5950000, Chile
  4. NatureMetrics, 1 Occam Court, Surrey Research Park, Guilford GU2 7HU, United Kingdom
  5. Wildlife Ecology Group, Massey University, Palmerston North, Private Bag 11 222, Palmerston North, New Zealand
  6. Centre for Biodiversity and Restoration Ecology, Victoria University of Wellington, PO Box 600, Wellington 6140, New Zealand
*  Corresponding author

The conservation world is full of passionate people, but among these, there are the stars. The handful of people whose enthusiasm is infectious. The people who take the time to make every person feel important whether they are a first-year undergraduate student, a Wellington politician, a philanthropist, a concerned member of the public, or a world-famous celebrity. They are the ones who can make the ordinary seem extraordinary, who can inspire the people around them. The people who, through their hard-work, grit, and determination, can enact change on local, national, and international levels. They are the warriors of conservation who move us forward against the never-ending challenges of climate change, human population growth, and habitat destruction; who never give up despite the odds. But even these superstars cannot burn bright forever. On 23 January 2021 at the age of 63, we lost one of these amazing stars: Emeritus Professor Phillip J. Bishop.