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dc.contributor.advisorForstner, Michael R. J.
dc.contributor.authorHarper, Amber L. ( )
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-06T19:32:47Z
dc.date.available2013-12-06T19:32:47Z
dc.date.issued2012-08
dc.identifier.citationHarper, A. L. (2012). Assessing impacts of drought on herpetofauna through repeated surveys and morphometric comparisons (Unpublished thesis). Texas State University-San Marcos, San Marcos, Texas.
dc.identifier.urihttps://digital.library.txstate.edu/handle/10877/4902
dc.description.abstractDecreases in overall abundance, diversity and body condition of amphibians and reptiles have been linked to global climate change. One manifestation of climate change is more extreme weather patterns. Extended droughts and intense drought conditions are cyclical events for Texas and the Southwest. A recent exceptional drought in central Texas not only directly diminished aquatic and semi-aquatic habitats but also exacerbated other biotic stressors. I repeated relative abundance and diversity surveys conducted in 2004 at a 9-ha ranch in Guadalupe County, Texas, in spring 2009 coincidently with an intense drought. My relative abundance and diversity analyses sought to determine if the drought reduced abundance and diversity of herpetofauna. Additionally, data from the Bastrop County Houston toad (Bufo houstonensis) database combined with Houston toad captures from Griffith League Ranch (GLR) in Bastrop County in 2009 were analyzed for changes in body condition. The results provide new information for the assessment of drought impacts in this group of vertebrates and analytical issues associated with categorizing drought conditions and discriminating among years for drought effects.
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dc.format.extent33 pages
dc.format.medium1 file (.pdf)
dc.language.isoen
dc.subjectCentral Texas
dc.subjectHouston toad
dc.subjectBufo houstonensis
dc.subjectComparison
dc.subjectMorphometric
dc.subjectBody condition
dc.subjectDiversity
dc.subjectAbundance
dc.subjectHerpetofauna
dc.subjectDdrought
dc.titleAssessing Impacts of Drought on Herpetofauna Through Repeated Surveys and Morphometric Comparisons
txstate.documenttypeThesis
dc.contributor.committeeMemberBaccus, John T.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberLemke, David E.
dc.contributor.committeeMemberSimpson, Thomas R.
thesis.degree.departmentBiology
thesis.degree.disciplineBiology
thesis.degree.grantorTexas State University--San Marcos
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Science
txstate.departmentBiology


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