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Population viability modeling and conservation of Blanding=s turtles


March 2003 - June 2014


We have integrated turtle movement data, habitat selection equations, road data, and other GIS layers to develop an individual-based spatially explicit model of the viability of Blanding's turtle populations in Massachusetts. Our model results have been used to revise the conservation plan we developed for the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, and we then applied them to the entire Northeast in a collaborative assessment of the status of Blanding’s turtles. This type of population viability analysis is novel for freshwater turtles and incorporates the role of spatial variability.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 101

Masters Students: 234

Phd Students: 160

Post Docs: 60

University Staff: 268

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 671

Scientific Publications: 1868

Presentations: 4326



Funding Agencies

  • Competitive State Wildlife Grant Program FY 11
  • Massachusetts Environmental Trust
  • Science Support Partnership


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey