Fauna of Vernal Pools [F-23-18]

Presenter:Kris Hoffmann
Location: SLU: Valentine 117
Classes: 1 Session 1.5 hours
Dates: Mon 4:30 PM 10/09

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Vernal pools are small ponds that fill with rain or snow-melt & then dry in the summer. The dry period ensures fish cannot live in these wetlands, & a guild of amphibians, insects, & shrimp have evolved to live or reproduce exclusively in these predator-free pools. In this presentation, we will discuss the animals that could not live without vernal pools & the creatures who choose them over other wetlands. Live reptiles, amphibians, & invertebrates may be displayed.

Dr. Kristine Hoffmann is an amphibian & reptiles conservation biologist at SLU with a weak spot for working dogs. Her own work includes research on salamander habitat, frog migration, lizard behavior, turtle populations, & development of outreach materials.

Special Instructions:

vernalpools.me is a useful webpage

Cap: 40

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