An analysis of environmental features important to amphibian distribution in Nova Scotia : can we overcome the challenge of acquiring long term, large scale data by using volunteer collected data?

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dc.contributor.advisor Russell, Ron
dc.coverage.spatial Nova Scotia
dc.creator Hilchey, Krista G.
dc.date.accessioned 2013-05-22T14:01:16Z
dc.date.available 2013-05-22T14:01:16Z
dc.date.issued 2013
dc.identifier.other QL654.2 N8 H55 2013
dc.identifier.uri http://library2.smu.ca/xmlui/handle/01/24963
dc.description iii, 124 leaves : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) ; 29 cm.
dc.description Includes abstract and appendices.
dc.description Includes bibliographical references.
dc.description.abstract Because of world-wide declines in amphibian populations, it is important we have a strong understanding of what features are most important to their distribution. In Chapter 1, 100 wetlands and adjacent upland habitat were assessed for amphibians and potential habitat requirements or limitations. Classification and Regression Trees (CART) were used to analyze the data. Although this method worked well with data collected by professionals, a larger data set would allow us more confidence in our results. This could be achieved through the use of trained volunteer citizen scientists. In Chapter 2, the last ten years of relevant citizen science literature was reviewed for areas of consensus, divergence and knowledge gaps. If amphibian volunteer monitoring programs are designed based on the latest recommendations in the field of citizen science, the additional data generated would provide statistical strength to CART analysis of environmental features most important to amphibians. en_CA
dc.language.iso en en_CA
dc.publisher Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University
dc.subject.lcc QL654.2.N8
dc.subject.lcsh Amphibians -- Habitat -- Nova Scotia
dc.subject.lcsh Amphibians -- Monitoring -- Nova Scotia
dc.subject.lcsh Amphibians -- Monitoring -- Citizen participation
dc.subject.lcsh Environmental monitoring -- Citizen participation
dc.title An analysis of environmental features important to amphibian distribution in Nova Scotia : can we overcome the challenge of acquiring long term, large scale data by using volunteer collected data? en_CA
dc.type Text en_CA
thesis.degree.name Master of Science in Applied Science
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.discipline Biology
thesis.degree.grantor Saint Mary's University (Halifax, N.S.)


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