Reptile, amphibian, and small mammal distribution, occupancy, and abundance in grassy agricultural conservation features in Iowa


Principal Investigator:

Robert W. Klaver

Lisa Schulte Moore

Student Investigator:

Matthew Stephenson (Ph.D.)




April 2017 to March 2018

Funding Source(s):

Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Diversity Program


Goals and Objectives:

The objectives of this project are two-fold: (1) to collect basic distributional data on reptiles, amphibians, and small mammals in agricultural landscapes in Iowa and (2) to determine what characteristics of grassy conservation features influence their abundance and occupancy rates. This study will efficiently add a reptile, amphibian, and small mammal component to an existing research project studying grassland bird nesting in grassy features on Iowa corn and soybean farms.



Cover boards have been purchased and deployed in May 2017. Data are being gathered throughout the summer.


Future Plans:

Data will be analyzed and final report prepared by March 2018.

04/01/2017 to 03/31/2018