|Land use and eastern hellbender (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis alleganiensis) populations in three Hiwassee River tributary watersheds
||The Eastern Hellbender (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis alleganiensis) is a cryptic,
long-lived, species in the family Cryptobranchidae. Declines in populations of many
aquatic species, including C. a. alleganiensis may be related to changes in the st...
|The effects of rhododendron on salamander communities in the Nantahala Mountains
||Rhododendron or great laurel is a common evergreen shrub found throughout eastern North America. Although native, rhododendron has been increasing in the Southern Appalachian Mountains landscape due to fire suppression, logging, and loss of the Ameri...
|Terrestrial habitat selection by the dusky gopher frog (Rana sevosa)
||The endangered dusky gopher frog (Rana sevosa) inhabits underground refuges created by fire and burrowing animals in longleaf pine forests. Prescribed fire can result in a mosaic of habitat patches having different characteristics. Fire suppression m...
|How conservative are sexual pheromones? : a cross-genera study of Plethodontid salamanders
||Pheromones play a pivotal role in salamander reproductive behavior. Males
deliver internally made pheromones from their mental gland to females during courtship
interactions in the family Plethodontidae. These courtship pheromones typically increas...
|Seasonal activity in dwarf waterdogs (Necturus punctatus) : risk management or resource acquisition?
||Predators can have non-consumptive effects (NCE) on prey populations in addition to normal consumptive effects. One of these NCE may be changes in patterns of behavior to reduce predation risk. Aquatic salamanders of the genus Necturus exhibit season...
|Assessing the effectiveness and values of wetland habitat created for amphibians in the Nantahala National Forest in NC
||Amphibians have been declining rapidly in recent years due to many factors. One of the
largest threats comes from alteration and destruction of both terrestrial and aquatic
habitat. The U.S. Forest Service has been creating and restoring wetland ha...
|Modeling occurrence of the green salamander, Aneides aeneus, in the Blue Ridge Escarpment
||Amphibian species have experienced global declines since the 1970s andplethodontid salamanders are no exception. The green salamander, Aneides aeneus, is aplethodontid salamander that has experienced declines throughout its range in the BlueRidge Esc...
|Aggression affects distributions and hybrid zone expansion in montane Plethodon salamanders
||Ecologists have long been interested in the mechanisms that drive the distribution of closely related species. Often overlapping congeneric species do not differ enough in their uses of space and food resources to prevent competition. Over time, insu...
|The influence of abiotic and biotic environmental factors at high elevation on the life cycle of a facultatively paedomorphic salamander
||Environmentally cued polymorphisms are excellent models for studying the origins of phenotypicplasticity. Facultative paedomorphosis in salamanders is a form of discrete phenotypic plasticity in whichaquatic larvae respond to environmental cues by ei...
|The effects of the protist parasite Dermomycoides Sp., on the Dusky Gopher Frog (Rana Sevosa) and the Southern Leopard Frog (Rana Sphenocephala)
||This research addressed whether characteristics of translocation ponds, Gosner (developmental) stage at exposure, stress caused by density, and perceived presence of predators have an effect on the susceptibly of frog tadpoles to the protozoan parasi...
|Movement and habitat ecology of protected species in North Carolina
||Reptiles and amphibians are declining worldwide, especially from global climate change and habitat loss and fragmentation. Conservation efforts for imperiled species usually involve habitat protection, but are only effective if biologists and land ma...