Event Title

Analyzing the Effect of Light Intensity among the Abiotic Factors Influencing the Growth Rate of Red-backed Salamanders

Start Date

25-4-2017 12:00 PM

End Date

25-4-2017 1:00 PM

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Red-backed salamanders (RBS, Plethodon cinereus), are a terrestrial species found in moist cool soils throughout eastern North America. Within these terrestrial areas, many abiotic factors contribute to the growth of RBS, such as soil temperature, soil moisture, soil pH, air temperature, and the light environment. Our study explored the relationships between these abiotic factors and salamander growth. We quantified these abiotic variables at 15 forested cover board plots at Camp Karoondinha located in Millmont, PA. Simultaneously, we quantified growth by measuring and marking each RBS found at these plots from March to December 2016. We expected that abiotic factors will impact RBS growth, with faster growth in sites that have cooler temperatures and moist soils.

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Analyzing the Effect of Light Intensity among the Abiotic Factors Influencing the Growth Rate of Red-backed Salamanders

Red-backed salamanders (RBS, Plethodon cinereus), are a terrestrial species found in moist cool soils throughout eastern North America. Within these terrestrial areas, many abiotic factors contribute to the growth of RBS, such as soil temperature, soil moisture, soil pH, air temperature, and the light environment. Our study explored the relationships between these abiotic factors and salamander growth. We quantified these abiotic variables at 15 forested cover board plots at Camp Karoondinha located in Millmont, PA. Simultaneously, we quantified growth by measuring and marking each RBS found at these plots from March to December 2016. We expected that abiotic factors will impact RBS growth, with faster growth in sites that have cooler temperatures and moist soils.