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Responses of Targeted Herpetological Communities to Fire Management Practices in Pine-Oak Forests of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Duration

July 2012 - July 2014

Narrative

Forest managers at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are working to reintroduce a fire regime that once characterized the southwest portion of the park. However, managers are uncertain about the effects of fire - especially detrimental effects - on populations of amphibians and reptiles. This project will investigate relationships between prescribed fire management and herptile community response in this area of the park. The investigation will rely on field sampling and predictive modeling approaches. The outcome of this study, along with a companion project on bird community associations with fire management, will help inform park managers about responses by forest fauna to the reintroduction of fire.

Research Products and Activities

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Fouts, K. L., C. T. Moore, K. D. Johnson, and J. C. Maerz. 2017. Lizard activity and abundance greater in burned habitat of a xeric montane forest. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 8:181-192.http://dx.doi.org/10.3996/042016-JFWM-031

Presentations

  • Fouts, K. L., C. T. Moore, K. D. Johnson, J. C. Maerz, and V. C. Kinney. 2014. Effects of fire management practices on the amphibians and reptiles of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Great Smoky Mountains National Park Science Colloquium, 20 March 2014, Gatlinburg, TN.
 

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 102

Masters Students: 247

Phd Students: 163

Post Docs: 55

University Staff: 266

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 722

Scientific Publications: 1960

Presentations: 4355

 

Personnel

  • Clinton MooreCo-Principal Investigator
  • John MaerzCo-Principal Investigator
  • Kristine JohnsonCo-Principal Investigator
  • Theodore SimonsCo-Principal Investigator

Funding Agencies

  • USGS NRPP/POBS programs

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