We are interested in the abiotic and biotic factors that govern variation in the number of amphibians that will metamorphose from a given pond (recruitment). We are also interested in tradeoffs in recruitment between species, as this may explain coexistence of different species across the metacommunity. In addition, we will examine variation in recruitment between ponds, as this will inform whether management of amphibians should focus on maintaining habitat quality in a subset of source ponds or connectivity between the ponds allowing for dispersal. Finally, we will gather basic natural history data on the pond-breeding amphibian species at KSR, such as average survival and dispersal rates and how these relate to size at metamorphosis.
Principal Investigator: Shannon McCauley