Topic: Audubon Society of Kalamazoo, April Program
Your Local Rattlesnake: Michigan’s Eastern MassasaugaPresented by Dr. Jennifer Moore, Associate Professor, Grand Valley State University
The Eastern Massasauga (Sistrurus catenatus) are a federally threatened species whose geographic distribution is centered on Michigan, where most remnant populations occur. Conservation efforts in Michigan have been hampered by knowledge gaps including a lack of information on population demography, genetic diversity, and the emerging threat of snake fungal disease. The speaker has been conducting a long-term mark-recapture study to examine demographic and genetic parameters in Michigan massasaugas, with the goal of filling knowledge gaps. Additionally, she has been monitoring populations for snake fungal disease to estimate prevalence and assess the likelihood of population-level impacts. This talk will focus on the natural history and ecology of massasaugas, the demographic and genetic results collected to date, and the current status of snake fungal disease in Michigan massasaugas.
Dr. Jennifer Moore is an Associate Professor in the Biology Department at Grand Valley State University. Her research focuses on conservation biology, spatial ecology, and conservation genetics of reptiles and amphibians. These have ranges from snakes and turtles in Michigan, to lizards in the Galapagos Islands, to Tuataras in New Zealand.