Wildlife and Biodiversity Committee
Five Year Research Priorities
A. A. Research Needs
Amphibians and Reptiles
Inventory and map the distribution, abundance and critical habitat needs
of rare, threatened and endangered amphibian and reptile species in the
Examine land use history and its effects on vernal pool-breeding amphibian occurrence/productivity (e.g. do pools with different land use histories support different assemblages of amphibians and/or productivity).
Map potential vernal pool locations using large scale color infrared aerial photographs and verify occurrence through ground-truthing on public/conservation lands within the basin
Continued monitoring of Neotropical Migrant Landbird populations.
Investigate avian breeding populations in forest
habitat patches of different sizes, configurations, and connectivity in the
Study the movement patterns of wide-ranging
fish species in
Research the potential to install barriers
to aquatic species movements, including in and out of
Trophic dynamics - how are the fish species and their
relative abundances changing in
Invasive and Nuisance Species, Control Methods and Impacts of Controlling Them
A literature review and modeling project addressing
are the ecological consequences of the potential introduction of alewife to
A Genetic analysis of Sea Lamprey in the Lake Champlain basin. Are they native? If so, why are they more of a problem now than they were fifty years ago?
Test alternative Sea Lamprey
control techniques in
Long-term monitoring of rare, threatened, and endangered species (distribution and abundance) in streams treated with lampricides.
Advance cormorant work with population viability analysis and management techniques in the same way as the sea lamprey to get at the same fundamental question - why is this native species now super abundant?
Survey and map for the entire basin the most and least infested places for a host of invasive species (both aquatic and terrestrial).
B. B. Interdisiplinary Research
An investigation of mercury levels and effects of
calcium depletion in forest thrushes along an elevational
well-documented negative impacts of elevated methylmercury
(MeHg) toxicity on wildlife populations, few data
exist on mercury burdens in terrestrial, migratory passerine birds.
Preliminary data from montane-fir forests in the
A study investigating the ecological and economic consequences of the potential introduction of alewife to Lake Champlain. In combination with a literature review/modeling of ecological consequences, sociologists/economists would conduct an economic impact analysis.
A study of the ecological and economic impacts of selected invasive species in the Lake Champlain Basin, and development of effective education strategies drawing on the expertise of ecologists, economists, educators and marketing specialists.