Salamander population dynamics in relation to land-use in Eastern Kentucky

Human-induced, land-use changes are among the primary causes of ecosystem degradation and biodiversity loss. Across central Appalachia, land-use change represents a stressor to stream ecosystems. Salamanders are the dominant vertebrate in Appalachian headwater streams. Thus, we address basic questions, including: 1) Do population and community dynamics vary across landscapes with different land uses? How do physical and chemical properties of streams correlate with land use? Our primary goal is to provide effective management strategies for amphibians and the streams and landscapes they inhabit.

Steven J. Price, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Stream and Riparian Ecology
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