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Ray Semlitsch

My research is focused on understanding the persistence of amphibian
populations in altered landscapes. We strive to understand how populations
are affected by using a range of approaches from laboratory studies of growth,
development, and behavior, to comparative ecological studies of migration,
reproduction, and survival in natural habitats relative to altered habitats, and by
using population or agent-based models. Our ultimate goal is to develop general
principles to inform management and conservation decisions, to protect their
aquatic and terrestrial habitats, and to allow sustainable levels of land use.

Many of the projects of my students are focused on ambystomatid salamanders
and our latest publications can be found at our lab website.


Contact Information

Dr. Ray Semlitsch
Division of Biological Sciences
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211


Terrestrial pens used for rearing salamanders in control and clearcut oak-hickory forest in central Missouri.

Marbled salamander juveniles implanted in the tail-region with permanent alpha-numeric tags used for long-term marking by Mike Osbourn.

A healthy spotted salamander reared in an experimental terrestrial pen by Elizabeth Harper.