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Tuesday, January 30 • 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Poster Display: Autumn Habitat Selection of Eastern Red-backed Salamanders (Plethodon cinereus) in Delaware County, Indiana

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AUTHORS. Zachary Laughlin, Kamal Islam - Ball State University

ABSTRACT. The Eastern Red-backed Salamander (Plethodon cinereus), a temperate woodland salamander, is a common species found in the Midwestern United States. This species is sensitive to changes in its environment and it is commonly used as an indicator species of forest health. Few data have been collected on the preferred habitat characteristics of this species. Based on previous research, the Eastern Red-backed Salamander is typically present in heavily wooded and moist environments. We are interested in determining habitat characteristics that determine the presence or absence of this species. We present results using an adaptive random cluster sampling technique from the autumn field season of 2017 in Delaware County, Indiana. By identifying the habitat characteristics of the Eastern Red-backed Salamander, natural resource personnel will be better informed and able to more effectively assess forest health and plan even more effective forest management strategies for this species.

Tuesday January 30, 2018 6:00pm - 9:00pm CST
Ballroom C & Foyer