Christian Oldham

I am currently a second-semester senior biology major and Chinese minor.
I was first introduced to the Herp Lab through Dr. Dorcas's Herp Conservation course last year.
I have since become more involved, spending this summer in the lab helping with the major
ongoing research projects: Population ecology of semi-aquatic turtles in golf course ponds and
Impacts of flow regulation and urbanization on reptiles and amphibians.

Within the scope of the study on the population ecology of semi-aquatic turtles in golf course ponds,
I have been working on a project at a local golf course. My project is designed to provide more data
on the juvenile turtle populations of Eastern Painted Turtles (Chrysemys picta), Yellowbelly
Sliders (Trachemys scripta), and Eastern Mud Turtles (Kinosternon subrubrum) in this
pond. We hope to be able to determine the survivorship, population sizes, movement within the habit,
and growth rates of juvenile turtles in the pond. In the face of increasing urbanization, semi-aquatic
turtles are threatened by habitat loss. Ponds at golf courses represent important suitable habitat for
these turtles, providing both the terrestrial and aquatic environments these species utilize. Through
research into the turtles residing in these ponds, effective management strategies can be developed to
promote the persistence of semi-aquatic turtle species in an increasingly urban landscape.

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