PACE Lab News

New Field Herpetology Techniques class being offered for Spring 2020

NRES 285 FHT CRN 46194 NRES 499 GHT CRN 54944 FIELD HERPETOLOGY TECHNIQUES SPRING 2020 This course is designed for students considering careers or graduate work studying wild amphibian and reptile populations. We will introduce students to techniques used in monitoring and research of amphibians and reptiles including methods for sampling, capturing, measuring, and marking …

Using three decades of data to save turtles

Champaign, IL – Protecting and restoring habitats are the most important steps that can be undertaken to protect turtle populations into the future according to a pair of recent papers analyzing 3 decades of data. The Spotted Turtle, Clemmys guttata, is a small semi-aquatic turtle that inhabits sedge meadow, cattail marsh, wet-mesic prairie, and dolomite …

Spotted, Blanding’s, and Wood turtle ​ ​conservation symposium

PACE Lab head Michael Dreslik and herpetologist Jason Ross presented at the 2019 Spotted, Blanding’s, and Wood turtle conservation symposium held in West Virginia this November. http://www.americanturtles.org/2019symposium.html Population Viability Analysis and the Role of Head-starting for a northern Illinois Blanding’s Turtle Population Rapid Demographic Assessments for Freshwater Turtles: Filling in Data Deficiencies