Herpetological Conservation and Ecology

Amphibians and reptiles are by far my favorite taxa, likely because tortoises, vipers and frogs were the first organisms to spark my interest in Conservation Biology. I enjoy studying them, and I have been working on a wide variety of herpetological conservation related topics in Europe and North America.

My research in this area strives to advance our understanding of the relative roles of behavior and eco-physiology on shaping individual and population-level responses of forest amphibians to forest harvesting. For my doctoral work at the University of Maine (with Dr. M. Hunter), I examined the effects of logging on amphibian communities in Maine, USA. I focused on the dispersal ecology of juvenile wood frogs (Lithobates sylvaticus) as a means to understand habitat permeability to movements in a chrono-sequence of stands.

In addition, with a multitude of collaborators, I tackled a variety of topics focused on the amphibian and reptile conservation:
  • habitat selection studies of Oregon Spotted Frogs in British Columbia, and Hermann’s Tortoises in Romania
  • occupancy studies of Mink Frogs in New York State (my MSc research) and invasive Bullfrogs in British Columbia
  • predicting hotspots of road mortality for New York State amphibians and Hermann’s Tortoise in Romania
  • assessing the use of road crossing structures by Great Crested Newts in the UK
  • spatial conservation prioritization for Romanian amphibians and reptiles

   

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