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Kevin Saunders

Kevin is doing his research on Artificial Microhabitat Selection of Salamander larvae. He is working with Dr. Thomas Pauley in salamander sampling. Kevin's method involves enclosing dead leaves in a mesh of netting, allowing salamanders to enter and leave at their own will.

"To put it simply, the purpose of my research is to determine whether or not salamander larvae will take refuge in artificial materials temporarily placed in their habitats.  If it is determined that they will in fact utilize these materials, new approaches can be used to sample salamanders in the wild which are relatively non-destructive to their habitats.  Several types of material were fashioned to resemble natural structures where these larvae may hide.  Leaf litterbags are also being used in order to compare the success of the artificial microhabitats with more natural methods."


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