2022 Annual ARMI meeting hosted by the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, CA

Authors: Erin Muths
April 25, 2023

The USGS Amphibian Research and Monitoring initiative met at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, CA, during November 1-3, 2022. ARMI researchers and collaborators met in a hybrid meeting to discuss a full suite of topics about amphibian conservation and how to provide the most useful information for managers. Discussions included updates on current regional projects, and the initial wrap up of a 5-year national research effort to look at relationships among disease, contaminants, and demography (e.g., survival). A major topic of the meeting was the identification and development of new efforts to address connections among climate change (current and predicted), and potential changes in range for species broadly distributed across the United States. Such work would include the identification and examination of a suite of landscape-level data such as wetland and pond dynamics, and incorporate other relevant data such as human footprint indices. The modular organization of ARMI makes it uniquely suited to address these and other landscape-scale questions because it facilitates the collection of field data, in a statistically robust manner, and across a broad swath of the country. This capability, paired with the quantitative know-how to effectively use those data, sets ARMI apart. Goals for this project include addressing particular hypotheses about species range and potential drivers of change and developing new continental-scale models that integrate landscape changes, especially in water dynamics. Ultimately, these models can be used to provide better and more easily updated predictions of the presence and persistence of amphibians and other species across the landscape informing management and conservation.

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