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News from the Barrett Lab:

The Barrett Lab is excited to welcome Josh Holbrook to the lab! Josh is interested in wetland community dynamics - and particularly the roles amphibians and reptiles play in those communities.

Dr. Shari Rodriguez (Clemson University) and I recently had a paper accepted to The Journal of Wildlife Management that explores the sources of information managers use when making recommendations for management action. I've long been fascinated by the interaction between academics and management, and this paper reports on the results of a survey distributed to managers at state agencies throughout the US.

Congratulations to Mike Knoerr ('18), who recently had a manuscript from his thesis accepted at Animal Conservation. The paper will be titled, "Population models reveal the importance of early life-stages for population stability of an imperiled turtle species." This work is part of our ongoing collaboration with North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and others on bog turtle conservation. We developed stage-based population models that show low population growth rates for several populations, and we simulated the influence of conservation strategies such as nest caging and head-starting programs.

We're excited to get the 2021 field season underway with several new field technicians and undergraduate interns. Our Green Salamander and Pine Snake field crews are pictured below.

Congrats to David Hutto's ('18) who is now a keeper in Zoo Knoxville's Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Center!

A side project from Marion Clément's ('20) Barred Owl work was just published in The Journal of Raptor Research. Our lab collaborated with the Dr. Rob Baldwin at Clemson and colleagues from the University of Alberta to quantify periods of peak vocal activity for Barred Owls as a way to make surveys for the species more efficient.

David Hutto's ('18) manuscript on green space wetlands and frogs has been published in PLOS ONE. The paper is titled, "Do urban open spaces provide refugia for frogs in urban environments." We learned that a general "green space" designation isn't all that useful, but some green spaces - especially those where a natural boundary around the wetland is maintained - can be pretty good habitat for frogs in developed areas. Congrats on your first pub, David!

Congrats to Mike Knoerr ('18) whose manuscript on bog turtle nest predation was recently accepted for publication at The Journal of Wildlife Management. The manuscript was a collaboration between my lab and NC Wildlife Resource Commission. We demonstrate that turtle nests at some bog sites are subjected to very high predation rates. We're working on a follow-up paper that uses these nest survival rates in a multi-stage population model to understand population trajectories across several NC wetlands. Also - one of Mike's photos was selected for the journal's cover!