Author

Olivia Dale

Date of Award

2023

First Advisor

Maryann Tebben

Second Advisor

Daniel Wendekier

Abstract

Dam removal research is limited, particularly in the field of biology, though it is overall viewed as a positive solution to rebuild resilience in native ecosystems. Painted turtles have also been historically neglected in some ecological and conservation research to due to their small sizes and long lifespans. Three dams on the campus of Simon’s Rock will soon be removed due to aging, increasing maintenance costs and an opportunity of support from the state of Massachusetts. Two studies are suggested and logistics to complete them are laid out to track and analyze painted turtle populations and movements before and after dam removal on the campus, including a comparative study on different management mechanisms of painted turtles during dam removal. These studies are suggested in hopes of a group of students and faculty at the institution following through on them to produce this research.

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