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For Immediate Release
April 10, 2013

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Effects of Stormwater Retention Ponds on Amphibian Populations

Two-year study examines Monroe County ponds

BROCKPORT, NY - A global decline in amphibians has led graduate student John Bateman to conduct a two-year study of the local and landscape-level scale factors influencing the use of stormwater retention ponds. The environmental studies student has examined more than 50 sites across Monroe County, NY, for the study which Bateman expects to complete in May.

Bateman shared his finding during The College at Brockport’s annual Scholars Day presentations. According to Bateman, reasons for the decline in amphibians stems from habitat loss, disease and pollution. “I am concerned for the well-being of the amphibians and their natural habitat,” said Bateman.

Due to their bi-phasic lifestyle, amphibians require both aquatic and terrestrial environments to complete their life cycle. And urbanization may disconnect or eliminate the habitats, which will lead to a further decline in amphibians.

Bateman is examining the ponds, their connectivity to adjacent woodlots, and the diversity of frogs and toads to determine whether ponds provide suitable habitat. For example, Bateman indicated that good locations show evidence of breeding and egg masses. He hopes that the findings of his project will 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.

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