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School of Environment and Natural Resources


Faculty member to study unique and rare salamanders

June 12, 2023
Green salamander on rock habitat.

Research will inform management and conservation of state endangered species 

Bill Peterman, associate professor in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University has received funding through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife to study Green Salamanders (Aneides aeneus). 

“Green Salamanders are one of Ohio’s more unique and rare salamanders,” Peterman said. “They live and breed in rock outcrops and currently are known to occur at a limited number of locations in three southern Ohio counties.”  

Through this project The Peterman Lab will develop methods for identifying rock habitat on the landscape and then determine the attributes that make these rock features suitable for green salamanders. “Our research will provide a status update for this state endangered species, as well as tools for future management and conservation,” he said. 

To view some of the rock habitats of green salamanders, Ryan Wagner, recent SENR alum has published a blog post accessible here.