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Tuesday, November 3 • 2:20pm - 2:40pm
The Effects of Forest Disturbance on the Oviposition Site Preference of Amphibians Found in Upland Hardwood Forests on the mid-Cumberland Plateau in Southern Tennessee

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Lacy E. Rucker, Yong Wang –Alabama A&M University; Callie J. Schweitzer, USDA Forest Service

Because of their sensitivity to habitat disturbance, amphibians’ response to silviculture practices has gained interest among researchers and conservationists. The effects of these practices on adult egg deposition have yet to be fully explored, although the importance of this is germane to sustaining these animals. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the impact of forest disturbance, distance from a forest edge, and the effect of light intensity on the breeding pool preference of amphibians in upland hardwood forests on the mid-Cumberland Plateau of southern Tennessee. One of three silviculture treatments (control, shelterwood, and oak shelterwood) were applied to stands and replicated resulting in 14 research stands. A single pool array will be placed at distance of 10, 50, and 100 meters from the edge within treatment stands and replicated for a total of 42 pool arrays. Pool arrays will contain three artificial mesocosms; each pool will be assigned a screen to manipulate light intensity. Artificial pools will be monitored over two peak-breeding seasons from April to September. The amphibian population will be estimated using opportunistic encounter surveys, visual encounter surveys, and dip-net surveys conducted every 7-10 days, and morphometric data will be recorded on all collected individuals. The results of this study will improve our understanding of forest disturbance on the community ecology of amphibians, and will also provide forest managers and private landowners the knowledge to help reduce negative impacts of forest management techniques on amphibian populations while managing for oak regeneration on the Cumberland Plateau.

Tuesday November 3, 2015 2:20pm - 2:40pm EST
Ballroom Salon B

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