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2013 Master's Level Graduate Research Conference

Session I - Session II - Session III

Effects of Stormwater Retention Ponds on Calling Amphibian Populations

Amphibians are experiencing global declines, stemming from habitat loss, disease, and pollution. Due to their bi-phasic lifestyle, amphibians require both aquatic and terrestrial environments to complete their life cycle. Urbanization may disconnect or eliminate essential habitats, resulting in further amphibian decline. The researcher's two-year project is investigating how local stormwater retention ponds and surroundings affect their ability to support calling amphibian communities. By examining the ponds, their connectivity to adjacent woodlots, and the diversity of frogs and toads, the researcher will determine whether ponds provide suitable habitat, or function as population sinks. The findings can be used to construct ponds that can support amphibians when their natural habitat has been mitigated, or deter amphibians when their local pools are intact.

Presenter: John A. Bateman (The College at Brockport, SUNY) -- jbate2@brockport.edu
Topic: Environmental Science III - Panel
Location: 123 Hartwell
Time: 10:30 am (Session II)

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