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Amphibians respond behaviorally to impact of clear cutting
Date:3/11/2008

rtebrate type globally, with one-third, or 1,896 species, currently at risk of extinction. Studies done in the past indicate harvesting forest is particularly detrimental. Amphibians are very sensitive to water loss, heat and changes in temperature. They have no natural barrier to water loss. Semlitsch found that amphibians may be able to react to changes in their environment in an effort to alleviate risk in ways previously undocumented.

Semlitsch said one of his goals is trying to maintain ecosystem health and function and developing principles to help species persist.

I am trying to develop general principles to help us manage our natural resources without exploiting them to a point where ecosystems begin to fall apart, he said. I am not against cutting trees, but lets do it in a way thats responsible and will maintain forests and the timber industry, as well as amphibians, for generations to come.


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Contact: Bryan E. Jones
jonesbry@missouri.edu
573-882-9144
University of Missouri-Columbia
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