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Training

Ecology of the California Tiger Salamander

Ecology of the California Tiger Salamander program image

This was our introductory workshop on the California Tiger Salamander.

Date

Thursday, May 26, 2016
8:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Elkhorn Slough Reserve
Watsonville
Lunch will be provided

COST: $400.00
Payable by check to Elkhorn Slough Foundation
Payable by credit card (online)

REGISTRATION FOR THIS PROGRAM IS CLOSED


Instructor Information

Dr. Peter Trenham
Lecturer and Advisor
Penn State University

Contact

Grey Hayes
grey@elkhornslough.org
(831) 274-8700

Sponsors

Description

See also: California Tiger Salamander, Habitat Restoration

Workshop description

 

On May 26, 2016, Pete Trenham, Ph.D. presented a workshop at the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve on the biology and conservation of the California tiger salamander (CTS). Dr. Trenham has published a variety of papers on the ecology and life history of the California tiger salamander and has taught this popular workshop on several occasions.  

 

Workshop objectives

 

Increase participant understanding of:

 

  • the biology of California tiger salamanders;
  • habitat management for this species, and;
  • how to apply information in large-scale and local conservation planning efforts. 

 

Improve these participant skills:

 

  • species identification;
  • aquatic habitat sampling techniques, and;
  • upland and aquatic site assessment.

 

Topics addressed

 

  • Geographic distribution of California tiger salamanders and hybrid populations;
  • aquatic habitats and their management;
  • individual organism movement patterns;
  • population and community ecology;
  • survey methods, and;
  • methods for assessing potential project impacts and approaches for avoidance and minimization.

 

Field training practicum

 

Participants received skills-based training in species identification, sampling techniques, and habitat requirements of the California tiger salamander.  Pete Trenham and Dr. Wesley Savage led participants through a hands-on skill building exercises for conserving the species.

 

Documents and Publications

Contact List
We encourage participants to download the contact list to assist with arranging a rideshare or to get in contact with someone you met at the workshop. Those interested in sharing a ride to the event are marked on the contact list.

DOCUMENT AUTHOR / SOURCE
WORKSHOP MATERIALS
Presentation: California tiger salamander workshop
PDF, 8.7MB
Chris Searcy and Pete Trenham
Elkhorn Slough Coastal Training Program
May 2017
Read Me: Important Preparation Guidelines for CTS Field Practica
PDF, 52KB
Grey Hayes
Elkhorn Slough Coastal Training Program
2015
Supplemental Materials, Including Bibliography: California Tiger Salamander Workshop
PDF, 78KB
Chris Searcy And Pete Trenham
Elkhorn Slough Coastal Training Program
May 2016
PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS
Amphibian Upland Habitat Use & Its Consequences for Population Viability
PDF, 197KB
Peter C. Trenham & H. Bradley Shaffer
Ecological Applications 15(4):1158-1168
2005
Calculating Biologically Accurate Mitigation Credits: Insights from the California Tiger Salamander
PDF, 415KB
Christopher Searcy and Bradley Shaffer
Conservation Biology 22(4):997-1005
2008
Delayed life history effects, multilevel selection, and evolutionary trade-offs in the California tiger salamander
PDF, 2.4MB
Christopher A. Searcy, Levi N. Gray, Peter C. Trenham, and H. Bradley Shaffer
Ecology, 95(1):68-77
2014
Distribution of Migrating Adults Related to the Location of Remnant Grassland around an Urban California Tiger Salamander (Ambystoma californiense) Breeding Pool
PDF, 341KB
Peter C. Trenham and David G. Cook
Urban Herpetology, Herpetological Conservation, Mitchell, J.C., and R.E. Jung Brown (Eds.). Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
2008
Effective population size is strongly correlated with breeding pond size in the endangered California tiger salamander, Ambystoma californiense
PDF, 500KB
Ian J. Wang, Jarrett R. Johnson, Benjamin B. Johnson, H. Bradley Shaffer
Conserv Genet 12:911-920
2011
Effects of tail-clipping on survivorship and growth of larval salamanders
PDF, 414KB
Rebecca L. Polich, Christopher A. Searcy, and H. Bradley Shaffer
The Journal of Wildlife Management 77(7):1420-1425
2013
Life History and Demographic Variation in the California Tiger Salamander
PDF, 101KB
Peter C. Trenham, H. Bradley Shaffer, Walter D. Koenig, and Mark R. Stromberg
Copeia 2:365-377
2000
Microhabitat use and migration distance of an endangered grassland amphibian
PDF, 475KB
Christopher A. Searcy, Emilio Gabbai-Saldate, and H. Bradley Shaffer
Biological Conservation 158:80-87
2013
Movement Patterns and Migration Distances in an Upland Population of California Tiger Salamander (Ambystoma californiense)
PDF, 1.1MB
Susan G. Orloff
Herpetological Conservation and Biology 6(2):266-276
2011
Retention of low-fitness genotypes over six decades of admixture between native and introduced tiger salamanders
PDF, 397KB
Jarrett R. Johnson, Benjamin M. Fitzpatrick, and H Bradley Shaffer
BMC Evolutionary Biology 10:147
2010
Short pond hydroperiod decreases fitness of nonnative hybrid salamanders in California
PDF, 619KB
J. R. Johnson, M. E. Ryan, S. J. Micheletti, and H. B. Shaffer
Animal Conservation 16:556-565
2013
Spatially Autocorrelated Demography and Interpond Dispersal In The Salamander Ambystoma californiense
PDF, 339KB
Peter C. Trenham, Walter D. Koenig and H. Bradley Shaffer
Ecology, 82(12):3519-3530
2001
Sympatry in California tiger salamander and Californa red-legged frog breeding habitat within their overlapping range
PDF, 145KB
Jeff A. Alvarez, Mary A. Shea, Jeffery T. Wilcox, Mark L.. Allaback, Sarah M. Foster, Gretchen E. Padgett-Flohr, and Jennifer L. Haire
California Fish and Game 99(1):42-48
2013
Terrestrial habitat use by adult California tiger salamanders
PDF, 666KB
Peter C. Trenham
Journal of Herpetology, 35(2):343-346
2001
The effectiveness of pond-breeding salamanders as agents of larval mosquito control
PDF, 150KB
Robert Brodman Ryan Dorton
Journal of Freshwater Ecology 21(3):467-474
2006
The molecular phylogenetics of endangerment: cryptic variation and historical phylogeography of the California tiger salamander, Ambystoma californiense
PDF, 317KB
H. Bradley Shaffer, Gregory B. Pauly, Jeffrey C. Oliver, and Peter C. Trenham
Molecular Ecology 13:3033-3049
2004
The origin of tiger salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum) populations in California, Oregon, and Nevada: introductions or relicts?
PDF, 544KB
Jarrett R. Johnson, Robert C. Thomson, Steven J. Micheletti, and H. Bradley Shaffer
Conserv Genet 12:355-370
2011
The polytypic species revisited: genetic differentiation and molecular phylogenetics of the tiger salamander Ambystoma tigrinum (Amphibia: Caudata) complex
PDF, 2.8MB
H. Bradley Shaffer; Mark L. McKnight
Evolution, 50(1):417-433
Feb. 1996
OTHER INFORMATION
Ambystoma californiense Gray, 1853, California tiger salamander
PDF, 32KB
Shaffer, H. B., and P. C. Trenham
M. Lannoo, editor. Amphibian Declines - The Conservation Status of United States Species. University of California Press, Berkeley
2005

Links

California Herps
http://www.californiaherps.com/

Questions and Answers

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