Reptiles

Effects of climate change and other factors on a lizard community in an ecotone in southeastern Arizona.

Contact First Name: 
Lawrence C.
Contact Last Name: 
Jones
Summary: 

Lizards are expected to be an early warning system of impending change in vegetation communities, and a useful tool in predicting adaptive management needs. This study is conducted in the area with the highest diversity of lizards in the USA, situated at an ecotone between two deserts and a mountain range. Changes in the lizard community are expected sooner in this ecotone than in distinct habitat types, and are also expected to precede observed changes in vegetation.

Geographic Region: 
United States
Southwestern Region (R3)
Arizona
Project Status: 
Action

Conservation of the Louisiana Pine Snake

Contact First Name: 
Daniel
Contact Last Name: 
Saenz
Principal Investigator(s): 
Daniel Saenz
FS Research Station(s): 
Southern Research Station
Summary: 

One of North America’s rarest reptiles, the Louisiana pine snake, may require extra assistance to persist under climate change. Scientists with the Southern Research Station are developing an RRTH (relocation, reintroduction, translocation, headstarting) project for these reptiles.

Geographic Region: 
United States
Southern Region (R8)
Project Status: 
Action

Climate Change and Reptile Habitat in the northwestern U.S.

Contact First Name: 
Dede
Contact Last Name: 
Olson
Principal Investigator(s): 
Dede Olson
Research Partners: 
PARC (Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation)
FS Research Station(s): 
Pacific Northwest Research Station
Summary: 

Understanding reptile distributions and how they might be affected by climate change can help guide the management of these species. Research activities include:

  • Modeling landscape-scale factors including climate metrics associated with northwestern reptile distributions.
  • Examining potential habitat ‘hot spots’ for reptiles in coastal Oregon mesic forests.
Geographic Region: 
United States
Pacific Northwest Region (R6)
Oregon
Project Status: 
Action

SAVS: A System for Assessing Vulnerability of Species to Climate Change

Overview & Applicability

The SAVS uses an online questionnaire with 22 criteria to predict vulnerability or population response of species to provide a framework for assessing vulnerability to future climate change. The 22 multiple-choice questions are grouped into four categories by theme: habitat, physiology, phenology and biotic interactions. The questionnaire is completed using information gathered from published materials, personal knowledge, or expert consultation.

species assessed by SAVS - mountain quail and desert tortoise
Summary: 

SAVS uses an online questionnaire with 22 criteria to predict vulnerability or resilience of an individual species to future climate change. Numerical scores indicating vulnerability or resilience for terrestrial vertebrate species are generated.

Climate Change and Wildlife Habitat

Contact First Name: 
Linda
Contact Last Name: 
Joyce
Contact 2 First Name: 
Curt
Contact 2 Last Name: 
Flather
FS Research Station(s): 
Rocky Mountain Research Station
Summary: 

An analysis of potential national effects of climate change on wildlife habitat is being addressed by RMRS scientists through the estimation of an index of climate change stress to terrestrial biodiversity in order to identify regional hotspots of climate change impacts. This research focuses on management strategies for climate change in the states' Wildlife Action Plans.

Geographic Region: 
United States
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