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Assessing Priority Amphibian & Reptile Conservation Areas (PARCAs) and Vulnerability to Climate Change in the North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative (Collaborators: C. Loftin, P. deMaynadier, K. Barrett, P.Nanjappa)

Duration

January 2012 - September 2017

Narrative

Amphibians and reptiles are experiencing severe habitat loss throughout North America; however, this threat to biodiversity can be mitigated by identifying and managing areas that serve a disproportionate role in sustaining herpetofauna. Identification of such areas must take into consideration the dynamic nature of habitat suitability. As climate rapidly changes it is possible that areas currently deemed suitable may no longer be so in the future. To address these needs, we will generate spatially-explicit data that will (1) identify Priority Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Areas (PARCAs) – those discrete areas most vital to maintaining reptile and amphibian diversity, (2) project regions of current and future climatic suitability for a number of priority reptiles and amphibians in the North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative, and (3) identify gaps in distributional data for these species that may prevent or inhibit the identification of species-level climatic suitability.

Research Products and Activities

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Sutton, W.B., R. Barrett, A.T. Moody, C.S. Loftin, P. deMaynadier, and P. Nanjappa. 2015. Changes in climate niche and climate refugia of conservation priority salamander species: a case study from the northeastern United States. Forests 6:1-26. Download  | 

Presentations

  • Moody, A.T., C.S. Loftin, P.deMaynadier, B Sutton, K. Barrett, and P. Nanjappa. Assessing priority amphibian and reptile conservation areas in the North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative. Presentation at the 2013 Northeast Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation annual meeting, 24-26 July, Branchville, NJ.
  • Sutton, W.B., K. Barrett, A.T.Moody, C.Loftin, P. deMaynadier, P. Nanjappa. 2013. Framework for Determining Vulnerability of Priority Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Areas in the North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative to Climate Change. Presentation at the 2013 Northeast Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation annual meeting, 24-26 July, Branchville, NJ.
  • Moody, A.T., B. Sutton, C. Loftin, P. deMaynadier, K. Barrett, and P. Nanjappa. 2013. Assessing priority amphibian and reptile conservation areas (PARCAs) in the NA-LCC and determining vulnerability of these areas to climate change. LCC Webinar, 29 August.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 3

Phd Students: 5

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 22

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 28

Scientific Publications: 54

Presentations: 266

 

Personnel

Funding Agencies

  • USFWS and Wildlife Management Institute

Links

Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
  2. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  3. U.S. Geological Survey
  4. University of Maine
  5. Wildlife Management Institute