Megan Gibbons Research Interests:
Monitoring Stream Salamanders
During Spring 2004, BSC undergraduates Meredith Humber and Paige Casey sampled a stream in Homewood, AL and (with the help of Dr. Andy Gannon) mapped the salamanders with GIS technology. They found four different species of salamanders within a 50 m section of stream, indicating a healthy environment for amphibians. Stream-inhabiting salamanders are particularly susceptible to sedimentation and other forms of pollution. Regular monitoring of the Homewood Nature Area for stream salamander diversity will provide an effective way to determine the environmental condition of the area. I hope to continue enlisting the help of students in monitoring this area so that we can determine if the habitat is being negatively impacted by nearby development.
Pictures of stream salamanders found at the Homewood Nature Area
Dusky salamander (Desmognathus fuscus) Spring salamander (Gyrinophilus porphyriticus) Two-lined salamander (Eurycea cirrigera)
Northern Red salamander (Pseudotriton ruber) Three-lined salamander (Eurycea longicauda)