State Water Resources Research Institute Program
Project ID: 2011KY173B
Title: The effects of prescribed fire on amphibian diversity
Project Type: Research
Start Date: 3/01/2011
End Date: 2/29/2012
Congressional District: KY 1st
Focus Categories: Ecology, Surface Water, Water Quality
Keywords: freshwater ecology, community dynamics, species richness
Principal Investigator: Whiteman, Howard H.
Federal Funds: $ 4,997
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $ 10,716
Abstract: The objectives for this study are to determine the effects of prescribed fire on amphibians and aquatic-dependent reptiles and to determine the mechanisms that lead to those effects. This project will take place in Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area of western Kentucky. The specific study area encompasses approximately 8,630 acres in the Oak-Grassland Restoration Area (OGRA), which has been managed via prescribed burning for 20 years. We intend to measure the effects of burning on amphibian and aquatic reptile diversity in several ways. We will use species richness, standard diversity indices (e.g., Simpson's index) and indices of community similarity (e.g., Jaccard's index) to estimate differences among burn treatments in amphibian community structure. We will analyze differences in these variables as well as terrestrial and water quality variables using analysis of variance (ANOVA).
Progress/Completion Report, 2011, PDF