Reflections Upon Amphibian Conservation

Thomas K. Pauley

in Amphibian Declines

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2005 | ISBN: 9780520235922
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520929432 | DOI:
Reflections Upon Amphibian Conservation

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The author began his fieldwork with amphibians in West Virginia in 1963 at the age of twenty-three, and he has spent most of his time (when not teaching) walking the mountains of West Virginia searching for amphibians and reptiles. His major study sites include the New River Gorge National River, the Bluestone National Scenic River, the Gauley River National Recreational Area, and the high Alleghenies. Animals of particular interest include Cheat Mountain salamanders (Plethodon nettingi) and Cow Knob salamanders (P. punctatus). In this chapter, he draws from these years of experience to reflect on amphibian conservation. In particular, he discusses how habitat disturbances can create amphibian habitats, focusing on West Virginia coal mines and logging roads. He also comments on habitat restoration, the role of subtle forest fragmentation in amphibian population declines, and the possible synergistic effects of multiple sublethal stressors.

Keywords: West Virginia; amphibians; reptiles; salamanders; conservation; habitats; coal mines; forest fragmentation; population declines

Chapter.  4912 words. 

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences

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