Navigation Links
Restoration as science: case of the collared lizard
Date:8/22/2011

>Witness to extinction

Templeton's acquaintance with the lizard began when he was 13. He was hiking with his Boy Scout troop near Mina Sauk Falls in the Ozarks when they happened upon a glade, and he saw his first collared lizard.

"I'd never seen anything like it in Missouri. It was big, it was colorful and it got up on its hind legs and took off running. I just fell in love with them." Later as a nature counselor at Camp Taum Sauk, he led kids on popular collared lizard hikes.

But then he went off to get his PhD in Michigan and to do research in Hawaii and at the University of Texas. After this sojourn, he returned to Washington University, where he is currently the Charles Rebstock Professor of Biology in Arts & Sciences.

After he returned, Owen Sexton, PhD, a WUSTL ecologist who was studying the life history of collared lizards, told him he was having trouble finding his study subjects.

"I said I'd take him down to this area and show him all these collared lizard populations," Templeton says. "So I went down there and in glade after glade after glade that had collared lizards when I was a teenager, now they're not there. I was shocked and very concerned. So I started looking into it."

In 1982, after a rigorous survey of the Missouri glades, Templeton and his colleagues estimated that at least 75 percent of the lizard populations had gone extinct. In some areas of the Ozarks, the lizards had vanished entirely.

The red cedar lag

What had happened? The answer turned out to be firefighting,

"In the Ozarks, you really didn't have effective fire suppression until after World War II," Templeton says. "That's when all the fire towers and lookout towers went in, and the forest service began to fight wildfires." (Smokey the Bear, the forest service's mascot, dates from 1944.)

Glades no longer swept by fire were invaded by Eastern red cedar (Juniperus virginiana). "Before fire suppres
'/>"/>

Contact: Diana Lutz
dlutz@wustl.edu
314-935-5272
Washington University in St. Louis
Source:Eurekalert  

Page: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

Related biology news :

1. Disease-resistant oysters call for shift in Bay restoration strategies
2. NSF funds study of landscape restoration effects on Pennsylvania stream
3. The ecosystem engineer: Research looks at beavers role in river restoration
4. New report outlines restoration activities to speed seagrass recovery in the Florida Keys
5. Resource restoration planning process begins for BP/Deepwater Horizon oil spill
6. Discovery of how coral reefs adapt to global warming could aid reef restoration
7. Coral transplantation the simple and cheap solution to reef restoration
8. Results of ecosystem restoration research at Tahoe to be unveiled
9. Laser surgery technique gets new life in art restoration
10. NOAA and partners complete restoration project in Hempstead Harbor
11. Shifting baselines confound river restoration
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Restoration as science: case of the collared lizard 
(Date:7/27/2014)... and fungi can evade treatment by acquiring mutations in ... permanent mutations were once thought to be the only ... study has shown that microorganisms can use a temporary ... to gain the benefits of drug resistance without the ... a fungus called Mucor circinelloides, it is likely to ...
(Date:7/27/2014)... In an age of "big data," a single computer ... tasks must instead be distributed across a cluster of ... how Facebook and Google mine your web history to ... Netflix recommend your next favorite book or movie. But ... , New technologies for monitoring brain activity are generating ...
(Date:7/25/2014)... lived on the land now called California, and many ... of plants they used for food, fuel, tools, and ... desired habitat and natural resources. , Frank Lake, an ... will lead a field trip to the ... of America,s 99th Annual Meeting, in Sacramento, Cal. this ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Scientists discover new, noncommittal mechanism of drug resistance 2Scientists discover new, noncommittal mechanism of drug resistance 3New tools help neuroscientists analyze 'big data' 2New tools help neuroscientists analyze 'big data' 3New tools help neuroscientists analyze 'big data' 4New tools help neuroscientists analyze 'big data' 5Fire ecology manipulation by California native cultures 2Fire ecology manipulation by California native cultures 3
... as we grow older, our bones become more brittle and ... of mass is a major reason for older bones fracturing ... on slowing down this loss. However, new research from scientists ... Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) shows that at microscopic dimensions, the age-related ...
... Winston-Salem, N.C. -- New research from Wake Forest ... electronics by developing, for the first time, an ... electrical properties, and inexpensive to produce. ... of physics at Wake Forest, her graduate students ...
... 2011 Neurotechnology , a provider ... the availability of SentiSight 3.0 , a Software ... version adds shape-based recognition and offers enhanced local-feature-based recognition ... also includes enhanced tracking of fast moving objects and ...
Cached Biology News:The brittleness of aging bones -- more than a loss of bone mass 2The brittleness of aging bones -- more than a loss of bone mass 3Flexible electronics hold promise for consumer applications 2SentiSight 3.0 Universal Object Recognition Technology Available Now From Neurotechnology 2SentiSight 3.0 Universal Object Recognition Technology Available Now From Neurotechnology 3SentiSight 3.0 Universal Object Recognition Technology Available Now From Neurotechnology 4
(Date:7/25/2014)... by researchers from the University of Leicester has ... unlocking the potential to create new materials using ... been published in the prestigious academic journal ... technique to examine in rich detail the structure ... containing an acetylene molecule and a single helium ...
(Date:7/25/2014)... 2014 The Conferee Networking committee is ... Conferee Networking. These two-hour sessions provide a unique networking ... resolve problems, discuss new techniques, or brainstorm new ideas ... a topic for consideration is August 31, 2014, and ... Conferee Networking committee will review the topics, and status ...
(Date:7/25/2014)... 25, 2014 At the request of ... a 60-day extension for the public comment period (Docket ... for Model Aircraft established by Congress as part of ... 60-day extension establishes the new deadline for comments as ... of Transportation/FAA notice published in the Federal Register on ...
(Date:7/24/2014)... (PRWEB) July 24, 2014 Gain ... Global Supply Chain of the biotech industry. Nominations ... Innovation Awards, brought to you by the ... organization of supply chain management professionals for the ... to stakeholders of the Biotech industry – Manufacturers, ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Breakthrough laser experiment reveals liquid-like motion of atoms in an ultra-cold cluster 2Breakthrough laser experiment reveals liquid-like motion of atoms in an ultra-cold cluster 3Pittcon 2015 Announces Call for Topics for Conferee Networking Sessions 2FAA Grants Comment Extension at the Request of AMA 2Call for Submission: BSMA’s Supply Chain Management Innovation Awards 2Call for Submission: BSMA’s Supply Chain Management Innovation Awards 3
... Nile Therapeutics,Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: SPDU.OB), announced ... present at the Biotechnology Industry,Organization (BIO) Investor Forum ... Time at The Palace Hotel in San Francisco, ... and an update on its clinical,development programs, including ...
... Oct. 2 /PRNewswire/ - Respironics, Inc. (Nasdaq:,RESP) today ... outstanding shares,of Apollo Light Systems, Inc., a 20-year-old, ... therapy systems for melatonin suppression and,circadian rhythm sleep ... is located in American Fork, Utah and has ...
... 2 Monitorforhire.com, the,fastest source for hiring ... faster. The company has added a mobile ... immediately to work requests via,PDA or cell ... Freedman, president of monitorforhire.com says that adding ...
Cached Biology Technology:Nile Therapeutics, Inc. to Present at Upcoming BIO Investor Forum 2Nile Therapeutics, Inc. to Present at Upcoming BIO Investor Forum 3Respironics Acquires Apollo Light Systems, Inc., Expands into Circadian Rhythm Device-Based Therapy Market 2Respironics Acquires Apollo Light Systems, Inc., Expands into Circadian Rhythm Device-Based Therapy Market 3
... AviTag E. coli Biotinylation Kit, Plasmid is designed ... E. coli expression kits. (Cat. No. 3 186 ... kit provides vectors for the easy introduction of ... expressed protein can be enzymatically mono-biotinylated by E. ...
... The ubiquitin-proteasome pathway is the major ... eukaryotic cells, where it catalyzes the ... and the rapid elimination of proteins ... 1998; Hochstrasser 1996). The critical protease ...
... technology enables sensitive, fast and specific detection ... Short hybridisation time ( ... chromosome spreads Multiplex capability Available ... Probes available with different labels. ...
... * Source rat ... T25 plated cells $550.00, * ... 120 population doublings, * This ... complete ,growth medium M55007-08 and ...
Biology Products: