Tales of the Urban Wild: A Puma’s Journey

From conservation scientist Tiffany Yap and artist Meital Smith comes a debut graphic novel sharing the intriguing story of a young puma in central California facing habitat loss, poison, dangerous roads, conflict with farm animals, and wildfire. Unique and multidimensional in its scope, Tales of the Urban Wild: A Puma’s Journey has much to inspire and teach us of a future of resilience, coexistence, and hope.

Written by Tiffany Yap, Illustrated by Meital Smith (IG@tomeidlsoup)
Edited by Justine Chan, Designed by Dan D Shafer / Dandy Co.
From Reverberations Books, an imprint of Chin Music Press

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“Rich, wide-ranging reading for budding naturalists.”

— Kirkus Reviews

Scientific Publications

  1. Yap, T. A., Koo, M. S., Ambrose, R. F., Wake, D. B., & Vredenburg, V. T. (2015).

    Averting a North American biodiversity crisis.

    Science, 349(6247), 481-482
  2. Yap, T. A., Gillespie, L., Ellison, S., Flechas, S. V., Koo, M. S., Martinez, A. E., & Vredenburg, V. T. (2016).

    Invasion of the fungal pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis on California islands.

    EcoHealth, 13, 145-150
  3. Yap, T. A., Nguyen, N. T., Serr, M., Shepack, A., & Vredenburg, V. T. (2017).

    Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans and the risk of a second amphibian pandemic.

    EcoHealth, 14, 851-864
  4. Yap, T. A., Koo, M. S., Ambrose, R. F., & Vredenburg, V. T. (2018).

    Introduced bullfrog facilitates pathogen invasion in the western United States.

    PLOS ONE, 13(4), e0188384
  5. Yap, T. A., Koo, M. S., Ambrose, R. F., & Vredenburg, V. T. (2018).

    Bullfrogs - a Trojan horse for a deadly fungus?

    Science Journal for Kids
  6. Vredenburg, V. T., McNally, S. V., Sulaeman, H., Butler, H. M., Yap, T.A., Koo, M. S., ... & Briggs, C. J. (2019).

    Pathogen invasion history elucidates contemporary host pathogen dynamics.

    PLOS ONE, 14(9), e0219981
  7. Cowgill, M., Zink, A. G., Sparagon, W., Yap, T. A., Sulaeman, H., Koo, M. S., & Vredenburg, V. T. (2021).

    Social Behavior, Community Composition, Pathogen Strain, and Host Symbionts Influence Fungal Disease Dynamics in Salamanders.

    Frontiers in Veterinary Science, 1287
  8. Ghose, S. L., Yap, T. A., Byrne, A. Q., Sulaeman, H., Rosenblum, E. B., Chan-Alvarado, A., ... & Vredenburg, V. T. (2023).

    Continent-wide recent emergence of a global pathogen in African amphibians.

    Frontiers in Conservation Science, 4, 8

Reports & Petitions

  1. Yap T. A., Rose J.P., Cumming B. (2019).

    A Petition to List Southern California/Central Coast Evolutionarily Significant Unit (ESU) of Mountain Lions as Threatened under the California Endangered Species Act (CESA)

    Center for Biological Diversity
  2. Yap T. A., Rose J.P., Broderick P., Prabhala A. (2021).

    Built to Burn: California’s Wildlands Developments are Playing with Fire.

    Center for Biological Diversity
  3. Yap T. A., Rose J.P., Anderson I., Prabhala A. (2021).

    California Connections: How Wildlife Connectivity Can Fight Extinction and Protect Public Safety.

    Center for Biological Diversity
  4. Anderson I., Yap T. A., Reid-Wainscoat E., Rose J.P., Prabhala A. (2022).

    State of Utom 2022: Challenges, Opportunities for Southern California’s Signature River.

    Center for Biological Diversity
  5. Yap T. A., Prabhala A., Anderson I. (2023).

    Hidden in Plain Sight: California's Native Habitats are Valuable Carbon Sinks

    Center for Biological Diversity


California Newts and K-Pop - a music video bridging two worlds

With the winter rains starting this past weekend, I thought I'd share this video I made a few months ago. I'd like to dedicate it to Dr. David B. Wake, aka Commander Salamander, who passed on April 29, 2021. As an amphibian lover and advocate, he was o...