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INHS Seminar | Understanding species distributions in an increasingly rare habitat: conservation of herpetofauna in Arkansas prairies

Event Type
Seminar/Symposium
Sponsor
Illinois Natural History Survey Seminar Committee
Location
Zoom
Virtual
Date
Dec 8, 2020   4:00 pm  
Speaker
Dr. Chelsea Kross, Quantitative Ecologist, Forbes Biological Station, Illinois Natural History Survey
Contact
Dr. Auriel Fournier
E-Mail
auriel@illinois.edu
Views
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This research covers three projects addressing the status and distribution of herpetofauna in northwest Arkansas prairies, with a focus on species of conservation concern. Using an occupancy framework, we evaluated the status of 14 reptile and amphibian species of conservation concern across 5 counties in Northwest Arkansas, and assessed whether there were any community- or species-level responses to habitat characteristics. We also completed a landscape-scale occupancy study focusing on the Crawfish Frog, assessing historical population status and current distribution. Finally, we compared Ornate Box Turtle and Three-toed Box Turtle thermal ecology in a restored prairie.

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