Duke Students on the Forest: Julia Geschke

Red-spotted Newt (Notophthalmus viridescens)
Red-spotted Newt (Notophthalmus viridescens)

GIS mapping salamander habitats

Julia Geschke completed an ambitious masters project in the Duke Forest in fulfillment of her Master of Environmental Management degree at the Nicholas School of the Environment. Julia used GIS (geographic information system) data to model salamander habitats across the Duke Forest.

Map of study areas

As development and urbanization fragment the landscape and reduce water quality, salamanders and other sensitive amphibians are at risk. Julia’s data will help us become even more aware of salamander habitats across the Forest and manage habitats in more salamander-friendly ways.

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