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Zahner Lecture Series: How Salamanders Connect Ecosystems
Ecosystems often rely on processes that import nutrients produced elsewhere. Animals can facilitate the movement of nutrients if they move between different ecosystems or live at the margins of distinct habitat. In the Appalachians, forested streams rely on connections between upland forests and streams. There, salamanders likely have an important role in connecting upland and stream ecosystems. This presentation will delve into current research on how animals connect ecosystems, with a particular focus on what role salamanders have in the Appalachians. The presentation will include results from recent work done in Macon County, supported by HBS.

Jul 29, 2021 06:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Philip Gould
Ph.D. Candidate @The Ohio State University, School of Environment and Natural Resources
Philip is a Ph.D. candidate in the lab of Dr. Bill Peterman at Ohio State University, where he has investigated the ecological role of stream salamanders in the southern Appalachians. His research has focused on identifying patterns in stream salamander abundance; evaluating how black-bellied salamanders influence aquatic ecosystems through diet and nutrient recycling; and how wildfire effects salamander populations. Much of the work he has done for his dissertation was supported and based out of Highlands Biological Station between 2017 – 2020.