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Hyla crucifer - spring peeper - click to enlargeThe Southeast Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative (SE ARMI) at USGS - Gainesville has conducted research on reptiles and amphibians in the Southeastern United States and Caribbean over the last 30 years. The project began with studies that assessed status and distribution of amphibians and reptiles in threatened Florida biotic communities. Since then, our research has expanded to focus on the life histories, diversity, and importance of amphibians and reptiles in a wide variety of Southeastern and Caribbean ecosystems.

Current Research

dot icon SE ARMI mid-level monitoring: focus on climate change and winter-breeding amphibians

dot icon Effects of hurricane storm surge on amphibian communities in wetlands in northwestern Florida

dot icon Stable Isotopes as a Tool to Examine Trophic Interactions of Feral Pigs

dot icon Capture-recapture study of Siren and Amphiuma in a North-Central Florida Lake

dot icon Re-analysis of: Smith et al. 2006. Detection probabilities and site occupancy estimates for amphibians at Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. Am. Midl. Nat. 155:149-161.

dot icon Surveillance for the amphibian chytrid fungus, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis: implications for environmental monitoring of a disease pathogen

dot icon Evaluating wetland restoration practices in the Lower Mississippi Valley: impacts on amphibian species richness


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    Southeast Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative
    Susan Walls
    7920 NW 71st Steet
    Gainesville, FL 32653
    Tel: 352-264-3507

Recent Publications

Denton, M. J., Hart, K. M., Oelinik, A., Wood, R., & Baldwin, J. N. (2015). Malaclemys terrapin rhizophorarum (mangrove diamond-backed terrapin). Herpetological Review, 46(3), 426-427. [Journal Abstract]
Hart, K. M., Sartain, A. R., & Fujisaki, I. (2015). Bahamas connection: residence areas selected by breeding female loggerheads tagged in Dry Tortugas National Park, USA. Animal Biotelemetry, 3(1), 1-17. DOI 10.1186/s40317-014-0019-2. [Journal Abstract]
Cherkiss, MS, FJ Mazzotti, L Hord, and M Aldecoa. 2014. Remarkable Movements of an American Crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) in Florida. Southeastern Naturalist 13:4.
Walls, S.C., J.H. Waddle, S.P. Faulkner. 2014. Wetland Reserve Program enhances site occupancy and species richness in assemblages of anuran amphibians in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley, USA. Wetlands 34:197-207. [Journal Abstract]
Walls, S.C. 2014. Identifying monitoring gaps for amphibian populations in a North American biodiversity hotspot, the southeastern USA. Biodiversity and Conservation 23:3341-3357.
SE ARMI - 2006 Annual Summary
Monitoring Amphibians in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park - U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1258
Guidelines for building and operating remote field recorders (automated frog call data loggers)

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