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Effective management of pond breeding amphibians requires identifying suitable breeding habitat and its use by different species. Suitable breeding habitat is largely characterized by pool type, physical habitat, and position within the landscape. Parameters such as vegetative cover, hydrology, and water chemistry are known to influence amphibian occupancy of vernal pools. While seasonal vernal pools have been the focus of conservation efforts, pools that are an artifact of anthropogenic disturbance, such as road ruts, may be an important component of the landscape for amphibians. The role of wetland isolation within a landscape has been well studied, but less consideration has been given to the structure of breeding pool networks.
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VCU Rice Rivers Center Research Symposium