Variation in Herpetofauna Detection Probabilities: Implications for Study Design

Author(s): Jeremy A. Baumgardt, Michael L. Morrison, Leonard A. Brennan, Madeleine Thornley, and Tyler A. Campbell

Published: September 2021

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Population monitoring is fundamental for informing management decisions aimed at reducing the rapid rate of global biodiversity decline. Herpetofauna are experiencing declines worldwide and include species that are challenging to monitor. Raw counts and associated metrics such as richness indices are common for monitoring populations of herpetofauna; however, these methods are susceptible to bias as they fail to account for varying detection probabilities. Our goal was to develop a program for efficiently monitoring herpetofauna in southern Texas.

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Baumgardt, J.A.,  M.L. Morrison, L.A. Brennan, M. Thornley, and T.A. Campbell. 2021. Variation in herpetofauna detection probabilities: implications for study design. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 193(658): https://doi.org/10.3390/ani11061565

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