Monitoring and managing declines in an amphibian community

Authors: Evan HC Grant; E F Zipkin; J D Nichols; J P Campbell
Contribution Number: 450

Although many taxa have declined globally, conservation actions are inherently local. Ecosystems degrade even in protected areas, and maintaining natural systems in a desired condition may require active management. Implementing management decisions under uncertainty requires a logical and transparent process to identify objectives, develop management actions, formulate system models linking actions with objectives, monitor to reduce uncertainty and identify system state (i.e., xxx [define system state parenthetically]), and determine an optimal management strategy. We applied one such structured decision-making approach that incorporates these critical elements to inform management of amphibian populations in a protected area. Climate change is expected to affect amphibian occupancy of wetlands and to increase uncertainty in management decision making. We used the tools of structured decision making to identify short-term management solutions that incorporate our current understanding of the effect of climate change on amphibians, emphasizing how management can be undertaken even with incomplete information. .

Publication details
Published Date: 2013
Outlet/Publisher: Conservatoin
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ARMI Organizational Units:
Northeast - Biology
Climate Change; Monitoring and Population Ecology
Place Names:
Chesapeake and Ohio Canal NHP; Maryland; National Capital Region; Washington, D.C.
extinction; management; occupancy; pond-breeding amphibians; stressors; trends
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