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Chris Jenkins

Graduate Student (MS)


Chris Jenkins earned his PhD from the Department of Biological Sciences at Idaho State University in 2007, where he studied the ecology and conservation of rattlesnakes (Crotalus oreganus lutosus) in sagebrush steppe ecosystems: landscape disturbance, small mammal communities, and Great Basin rattlesnake reproduction. He received his MS from the Department of Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts in 2001, where he studied movements and habitat use of marbled salamanders (Ambystoma opacum). He received his BS from the Department of Biology at the University of Massachusetts in 1997. He is currently the executive director of The Orianne Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of herpetofauna.

Chris's MS research in the Landscape Ecology Lab focused on movement and habitat use of marbled salamanders in western Massachusetts as part of a long-term investigation on the metapopulation dynamics of this species. Chris was the first student and thus very instrumental in establishing the foundation for this long-term study. [Click here to learn more about the vernal pool amphibian project]

Chris's research focused on establishing the basic research infrastructure for the long-term study, and included a detailed examination of alternative field sampling methods and an evaluation of orientation during juvenile emigration from the natal pools and adult migration to and from the breeding pools.

Chris's MS work resulted in the following publications:

  • Jenkins, C. L., K. McGarigal, and B. C. Timm. 2006. Orientation of movements and habitat selection in a spatially-structured population of marbled salamanders (Ambystoma opacum). J. of Herpetology 40(2):240-248. (pdf)
  • Jenkins, C. L., K. McGarigal, and L. Gamble. 2003. Comparative effectiveness of two trapping techniques for surveying the abundance and diversity of forest floor vertebrates along drift fence arrays. Herpetological Review 34:39-42. (pdf)
  • Jenkins, C. L., K. McGarigal, and L. Gamble. 2002. A comparison of aquatic surveying techniques used to sample Ambystoma opacum Larvae. Herpetological Review 33:33-35. (pdf)

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Kevin McGarigal
Department of Environmental Conservation
University of Massachusetts
304 Holdsworth Natural Resources Center
Box 34210, Amherst, MA 01003
Fax: (413) 545-4358; Phone: (413) 577-0655

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