Graduation Date

Spring 2017

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

Program

Master of Science degree with a major in Biology

Committee Chair Name

Karen Pope

Committee Chair Email

kpope@fs.fed.us

Committee Chair Affiliation

Community Member or Outside Professional

Second Committee Member Name

Bill Trush

Second Committee Member Email

William.Trush@humboldt.edu

Second Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Third Committee Member Name

Matt Johnson

Third Committee Member Email

Matthew.Johnson@humboldt.edu

Third Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Fourth Committee Member Name

Mike Van Hattem

Fourth Committee Member Email

Michael.vanHattem@wildlife.ca.gov

Fourth Committee Member Affiliation

Community Member or Outside Professional

Fifth Committee Member Name

Sharyn Marks

Fifth Committee Member Email

sharyn.marks@humboldt.edu

Fifth Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Subject Categories

Biology

Abstract

American Bullfrogs are a non-native, invasive species in California (USA), where they are known to have deleterious effects on many native species. Carnivorous adults prey on native amphibians and fish, while herbivorous tadpoles outcompete native tadpoles for algal food resources. Bullfrogs have been successful at colonizing old tailing ponds and other pools left over from mining activities, and these relict pools are common on many rivers in California. Information on the dispersal capabilities of Bullfrogs could help predict range expansions and inform management decisions. Unfortunately, this information is lacking from both their native and invaded range. From May to August of 2015, I used radio telemetry to track 29 Bullfrogs located in two gravel extraction sites (164 m apart) on the lower Mad River in western Humboldt County, CA. Four frogs (14%) switched between the two ponds over the three-month tracking period. I did not observe any frogs using the river channel or nearby seasonal wetlands. The mean home range size was 1600 square meters and did not differ by sex or age class. As a removal effort, both ponds were partially filled with gravel in September 2015 under the direction of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). In the following year, populations of Bullfrogs did not return to the survey area, even when the hydro-modified sites contained water, or when off-channel pools were present in the vicinity. Based on the timing of breeding and metamorphosis, as well as the lack of summer movements observed in this study, pond filling may be most effective as an eradication tool between the culmination of egg laying and the end of metamorphosis.

Citation Style

APA

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