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dc.contributor.authorGraeter, Gabrielle Joy
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-03T23:26:52Z
dc.date.available2014-03-03T23:26:52Z
dc.date.issued2005-12
dc.identifier.othergraeter_gabrielle_j_200512_ms
dc.identifier.urihttp://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/graeter_gabrielle_j_200512_ms
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10724/22919
dc.description.abstractI released adult southern leopard frogs (Rana sphenocephala), marbled salamanders (Ambystoma opacum), and southern toads (Bufo terrestris) on forest/clearcut edges to examine the effects of forest management on amphibian habitat selection and movement behavior. Salamanders selected habitat at random, toads preferred clearcuts, and frogs initially selected clearcuts but ultimately chose forests. All three species made more turns in clearcuts than forests, and toads and frogs moved farther in forests. Frogs and toads moved without regard to environmental conditions, but salamanders were influenced by soil moisture. I also examined the efficacy of fluorescent powder as an amphibian tracking technique and found that some colors were easier to detect when paths were long, that heavy rainfall truncated path length, and that effectiveness varied among species, habitat, and region. Such knowledge of individual and species-level responses to terrestrial habitat alteration will facilitate development of forest management plans that enhance persistence of amphibian populations.
dc.languageeng
dc.publisheruga
dc.rightspublic
dc.subjectAmbystoma opacum
dc.subjectBufo terrestris
dc.subjectRana sphenocephala
dc.subjectmarbled salamander
dc.subjectsouthern toad
dc.subjectsouthern leopard frog
dc.subjecthabitat fragmentation
dc.subjectforest management
dc.subjectamphibians
dc.subjectmovement
dc.subjectmigration
dc.subjecthabitat selection
dc.subjectpermeability
dc.subjectfluorescent powder
dc.subjecttracking
dc.subjectcle
dc.titleHabitat selection and movement patterns of amphibians in altered forest habitats
dc.typeThesis
dc.description.degreeMS
dc.description.departmentEcology
dc.description.majorEcology
dc.description.advisorJ. Whitfield Gibbons
dc.description.committeeJ. Whitfield Gibbons
dc.description.committeeMary C. Freeman
dc.description.committeeC. Ronald Carroll
dc.description.committeeBetsie B. Rothermel


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