Date of Award


Degree Name

Biological Sciences


College of Science

Type of Degree


Document Type


First Advisor

Thomas K. Pauley

Second Advisor

Daniel K. Evans

Third Advisor

Michael Little


Many forest dwelling amphibians depend upon aquatic breeding habitats, making them susceptible to habitat changes. To determine if amphibian use of temporary pools occurred, 9 ponds were constructed in 3 forested areas on the MeadWestvaco Wildlife and Ecosystem Research Forest. Studies were conducted in 6 ponds during 2004, and all 9 in 2005 using drift fences. Trapped amphibians were measured and given a pond specific mark with visible implant elastomers. A significant difference was found between low and high elevation sites for juvenile R. sylvatica snout-to-vent length. No significant differences were found for soil, air or water temperatures between sites at differing elevations. Low elevation R. sylvatica juveniles egressed and developed 2-3 weeks before those at high elevation sites. Tadpoles did not successfully metamorphose from 3 ponds in 2005. Clear-cut treatments surrounding the ponds will be applied in 2006 and results will be compared to baseline data.


Wood frog - Habitat - West Virginia.

Spotted salamander - Habitat - West Virginia.

MeadWestvaco Wildlife and Ecosystem Research Forest (Randolph County, W. Va.)