and conservation of amphibians and reptiles
Stephen J. Morreale 255-0237 email@example.com
As a group, amphibians and reptiles are ideal for studying the effects of ecosystem degradation or enhancements due to global changes or to more local influences such as agricultural, management, and conservation practices. Their close association with both aquatic and terrestrial habitats often makes them very sensitive to broad-scale and local alterations within the environment. Thus, we have initiated a long-term research and conservation project designed to monitor the current ecological and environmental influences and to measure the effects of past and current forest management practices on the herpetofaunal community.
The studies will be concentrated within the nearby Arnot Forest, which is a large tract of protected land that is fairly representative of the majority of land in the Northeastern U.S. With its variety of aquatic, open, and forested habitats ranging from undisturbed to highly managed, Arnot Forest represents an ideal microcosm in which to conduct ecological studies. In addition, our long-term studies on amphibians and reptiles will have immediate and far-reaching impact on habitat management practices and biological conservation. For more information contact Stephen Morreale.
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