Michelle Hellman

Michelle Hellman

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Degree PhD in NRES
Address 013 Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln NE
FAX 402-472-2946
E-mail michelle.hellman@huskers.unl.edu
Advisor(s) Craig Allen



Selected Presentations

Amphibian Occupancy and Functional Connectivity of Restored Wetlands in the Missouri River Floodplain
  • Presentation Type: Thesis Defense
  • Date: 4/18/2013
  • Abstract:

    Wetlands are among the most degraded habitats in the world. Wetland decline may threaten many taxa including shorebirds, amphibians, and fish. As agencies increase restoration of wetland habitat, monitoring is crucial to inform and improve the process. Permeable skin sensitive to water quality and biphasic life histories requiring both terrestrial and aquatic habitat make amphibians good indicators of wetland health. I modeled amphibian occupancy in restored Missouri River bends to determine habitat characteristics associated with the presence of amphibians. Landscape characteristics, like connectivity of wetlands, facilitate between-patch dispersal and may be just as important to the local persistence of amphibians. I assessed connectivity for anurans of wetlands within a bend and recommend locations for new restorations that can improve connectivity of the bend.

Educational Background

  • BS - University of Missouri-Columbia, Fisheries & Wildlife (2007)
  • MS - UNL, NRES (2013)

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