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Applying downscaled climate projections to inform decisions

Duration

June 2014 - June 2019

Narrative

This project is designed to help prevent listing Eleutherodactylus species that are at risk of becoming endangered under the Endangered Species List. Eleutherodactylus species are of conservation interest, and are typified by high endemism, relative low vagility, and largely stenoclimatic. This project will address two objectives that will help the decision makers in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to formulate conservation measures. First, ascertain physiological thresholds (temperature, humidity) of selected species (biological models). This critical to permit forecasting species distribution in response to environmental changes and identify potential environmental refugia. Second, develop and test translocation protocols to either enhance populations via reintroductions or translocations to locations characterized by long-term suitability (refugia). Suitable areas for long-term conservation will be identified by combining physiological threshold information, downscaled climate projections (SE Climate Science Center), and a decision support tool to conduct habitat threats and risk assessments.

Research Products and Activities

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Monroe, K. E., J. A. Collazo, K. Pacifici, B. J. Reich, A. R. Puente-Rolón, and A. J. Terando. 2017. Occupancy and index of abundance of Eleutherodactylus wightmanae and E. brittoni along elevational gradients in west-central Puerto Rico. Caribbean Naturalist 40:1-18. ( ISSN 2326-7119 [online]).
  • Monroe, K. E, J. A. Collazo, K. Pacifici, B. J. Reich, A. R. Puente-Rolón, and A. J. Terando. 2017. Occupancy and abundance of Eleutherodactylus Frogs in Coffee Plantations in Puerto Rico. Herpetologica 73:297-306. https://doi.org/10.1655/Herpetologica-D-16-00089.
 

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 101

Masters Students: 239

Phd Students: 154

Post Docs: 55

University Staff: 241

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 695

Scientific Publications: 1962

Presentations: 4417

 

Personnel

Funding Agencies

  • Science Support Program, USGS

Links

Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey