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dc.contributor.authorFouts, Kevin Lindsey
dc.date.accessioned2015-01-23T05:30:36Z
dc.date.available2015-01-23T05:30:36Z
dc.date.issued2014-08
dc.identifier.otherfouts_kevin_l_201408_ms
dc.identifier.urihttp://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/fouts_kevin_l_201408_ms
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10724/30915
dc.description.abstractInformation regarding the effects of fire management practices on reptiles and amphibians is important for sound management decisions. We examined those effects by conducting surveys of stream plethodontids and upland reptiles, as well as examining the influence of fire on microclimate and modeled reptile activity periods in the Southern Appalachians. The results suggest fire application is associated with decreased abundance of large desmognathine salamanders, resulting in an ecological release of Euycea spp. Abundance of forest floor lizards was positively correlated with fire application. Fire effects on microclimate and models of lizard thermal activity windows suggest a relationship between fire and increased daily activity periods for lizards, though we caution some parameters in that model were not directly measured in this study.
dc.languageeng
dc.publisheruga
dc.rightspublic
dc.subjectFire
dc.subjectSouthern Appalachians
dc.subjectHerpetofauna
dc.subjectAbundance Estimation
dc.subjectMonitoring
dc.subjectPlethodon
dc.subjectOperative Temperature
dc.subjectBayesian Inference
dc.subjectNational Parks
dc.subjectSceloporus
dc.titleEffects of fire management practices on the amphibians and reptiles of Great Smoky Mountains National Park
dc.typeThesis
dc.description.degreeMS
dc.description.departmentDaniel B. Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources
dc.description.majorForest Resources
dc.description.advisorSusan B. Wilde
dc.description.advisorJohn C Maerz
dc.description.committeeSusan B. Wilde
dc.description.committeeJohn C Maerz
dc.description.committeeNeelam Poudyal
dc.description.committeeClinton T. Moore


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