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Graduate Exit Seminar - Andrew Wilk

Plan to join Andrew Wilk's graduate exit seminar on April 22, 2022, at 10:30 a.m. in Kottman Hall 333 or via Zoom. Andrew will present, "A Plethodontid Perspective: Responding to Disturbance —From Hourly Weather to Historic Settlement and Modern Fire."

Understanding the drivers of “where” and “how many” is fundamental to wildlife ecology and conservation. Incorporating historical land disturbance and detection in questions of "where" via species distribution modeling is rarely performed, despite the recognized importance in wildlife analyses. We investigated the effects that including these components had on performance, validity, and predictions. However, disturbance not only affects where species are found, but also "how many" persist. We examined the state of plethodontid salamander populations 5 years post wildfire to determine if and how burn severity influences populations.

Advisor: Dr. William E. Peterman