The ecologist Jeremy Feinberg, who discovered a new species of frog on Staten Island recently, counts himself among New York’s "quirk celebrities." Friends call to tell him about shout-outs on "The Daily Show" or "The Leonard Lopate Show," but he knows who’s really being feted. "It’s never about me," he said. "It’s all about the frog," the second new species found in North America since 1986. Feinberg is an oddball species himself: an urban ecologist. For three years, he worked as a biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Long Island, where he grew up. Now he is finishing a Ph.D. at Rutgers, and lives in Brooklyn.
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