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Joseph Pechmann

Department of Biology
Associate Professor

Joseph Pechmann

Phone: 828-227-3661
FAX: 828-227-7066
Email: jpechmann@email.wcu.edu
Office Address: Natural Science Building 132

Education:

  • Ph.D., Zoology (Mathematics minor), Duke University, 1994
  • M.S., Zoology, University of Georgia, 1981
  • B.A., Biology, Hamilton College, 1976

Courses Taught:

  • BIOL 432/532: “Population Ecology”
  • BIOL 477/577: “Herpetology”
  • BIOL 493/693: “Seminar Series”

Publications:

  • Alexander, L. G., S. P. Lailvaux, J. H. K. Pechmann, and P. J. DeVries. 2012. Effects of salinity on early life stages of the Gulf Coast toad, Incilius nebulifer (Anura: Bufonidae).  Copeia 2012:106-114.
  • Todd, B. D., D. E. Scott, J. H. K. Pechmann, and J. W. Gibbons.  2011. Climate change correlates with rapid delays and advancements in reproductive timing in an amphibian community. Proceedings of the Royal Society B- Biological Sciences 278: 2191-2197.
  • Salice, C. J., C. L. Rowe, J. H. K. Pechmann, and W. A. Hopkins.  2011.  Multiple stressors and complex life cycles:  insights from a population-level assessment of breeding site contamination and terrestrial habitat loss in an amphibian. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 30: 2874-2882.
  • Vogel, L. S. and J. H. K. Pechmann. 2010. Response of Fowler's toad (Anaxyrus fowleri) to competition and hydroperiod in the presence of the invasive coastal plain toad (Incilius nebulifer).  Journal of Herpetology 44:382-389.
  • Harper, E. B., J. H. K. Pechmann, and J. W. Petranka.  2010.  Field enclosures and terrestrial cages.  Pages  203-226 in C. K. Dodd, editor. Amphibian ecology and conservation: a handbook of techniques.  Oxford University Press, Oxford, England.
  • Dixon, P. M. and J. H. K. Pechmann.  2008. A statistical test to show negligible trend. Reply. Ecology 89:1473.
  • Thurgate, N. Y. and J. H. K. Pechmann. 2007. Canopy closure, competition, and the endangered dusky gopher frog. Journal of Wildlife Management 71:1845-1852.
  • Pechmann, J. H. K. and D. B. Wake. 2006. Enigmatic declines and disappearances of amphibian populations. Pages 93-98 in M. J. Groom, G. K. Meffe, C. R. Carroll and Contributors. Principles of Conservation Biology. Third Edition. Sinauer Associates, Sunderland, Massachusetts.
  • Dixon, P. M., and J. H. K. Pechmann. 2005. A statistical test to show negligible trend. Ecology 86:1751-1756.
  • Pechmann, J. H. K. 2003. Natural population fluctuations and human influences: null models and interactions. Pages 85-93 in R. D. Semlitsch, editor. Amphibian conservation. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, District of Columbia, USA.
  • Alford, R. A., P. M. Dixon and J. H. K. Pechmann. 2001. Global amphibian population declines. Nature 412:499-500.
  • Pechmann, J. H. K., R. A. Estes, D. E. Scott and J. W. Gibbons. 2001. Amphibian colonization and use of ponds created for trial mitigation of wetland loss. Wetlands 21:93-111.
  • Semlitsch, R. D., D. E. Scott, J. H. K. Pechmann and J. W. Gibbons. 1996. Structure and dynamics of an amphibian community: evidence from a 16-year study of a natural pond. Pages 217-248 in M. L. Cody and J. A. Smallwood, editors. Long-term studies of vertebrate communities. Academic Press, San Diego, California.
  • Pechmann, J. H. K. 1995. Use of large field enclosures to study the terrestrial ecology of pond-breeding amphibians. Herpetologica 51:434-450.
  • Pechmann, J. H. K., D. E. Scott, R. D. Semlitsch, J. P. Caldwell, L. J. Vitt and J. W. Gibbons. 1991. Declining amphibian populations: the problem of separating human impacts from natural fluctuations. Science 253:892-895.
  • Loehle, C. and J. H. K. Pechmann. 1988. Evolution: the missing ingredient in systems ecology. The American Naturalist 132:884-899. Reprinted in Keller, D. R. and F. B. Golley. 2000. The philosophy of ecology: from science to synthesis. The University of Georgia Press, Athens, Georgia.

Research Presentations:

  • Pechmann, J. H. K. and J. A. Tupy.  2013.  Providing resting places at all depths does not increase growth or survival of tadpoles raised in vertical-sided artificial ponds.  Poster Session.  Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (Albuquerque, New Mexico)   
  • Pechmann, J. H. K., J. A. Tupy, M. A. Sisson, D. Baxley, N. Y. Thurgate, M. Murphy, and S. M. Whitfield.  2013.  Demography and supplemental juvenile recruitment for the endangered dusky gopher frog, Rana sevosa.  Southeast Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation
    (McCormick, South Carolina).
  • Pechmann, J. H. K., J. A. Tupy, M. A. Sisson, D. L. Baxley, N. Y. Thurgate, M. Murphy, and S. M. Whitfield.  2012.  Demography and supplemental juvenile recruitment for the endangered dusky gopher frog, Rana sevosa.  World Congress of Herpetology (Vancouver, British Columbia, CA).
  • Pechmann, J. H. K., J. Hyman, R. J. Warren, K. H. Kozak, and R. H. Wiley.  2011.  Trends in a Plethodon hybrid zone along an elevational gradient in the Southern Appalachians from 1976-2010.  Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (Minneapolis, Minnesota).
  • Pechmann, J. H. K. and J. A. Tupy.  2008.  Is there more food for the endangered dusky gopher frog in frequently burned, grass-dominated longleaf pine understory than in fire-suppressed, shrub-dominated understory?  Poster Session.  Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (Montreal, Quebec, CA).
  • Pechmann, J. H. K. and N. E. Leonard (2004). Do crowding and terrestrial habitat modification affect dispersal of newly-metamorphosed southern toads? Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Norman, OK.
  • Pechmann, J. H. K. (2004). Isolated ephemeral wetlands and the surrounding uplands: endangered hotspots of amphibian biodiversity. Louisiana Gulf Coast Herpetological Society, New Orleans, LA.
  • Pechmann, J. H. K., D. E. Scott, J. W. Gibbons, J. L. Greene, B. S. Metts and P. M. Dixon (2003). Updated amphibian population trends at Rainbow Bay, South Carolina: natural and human influences. Poster Session. Ecological Society of America meeting, Savannah, GA.
  • Pechmann, J. H. K. (2003). Isolated ephemeral wetlands and the surrounding uplands: endangered hotspots of amphibian biodiversity. Keynote address for session “Amphibians of southeastern ephemeral wetlands,” Gopher Tortoise Council, Orlando, FL.
  • Pechmann, J. H. K. (2002). Population regulation, complex life cycles, and the need for a metamorphosis in conservation. Texas A&M University, College Station, TX.
  • Pechmann, J. H. K. (2002). Population regulation, complex life cycles, and the need for a metamorphosis in conservation. National Wetlands Research Center, U. S. Department of the Interior, Lafayette, LA.
  • Pechmann, J. H. K. (2001). Null models and population monitoring. Herpetologists’ League and the Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles meetings, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Pechmann, J. H. K. (2001). Vanishing amphibians. Scott Marine Education Center and Aquarium, Biloxi, MS.    
  • Pechmann, J. H. K., D. E. Scott, R. D. Semlitsch and J. W. Gibbons (2000). Mortality differences between sexes associated with breeding in amphibians. American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Herpetologists’ League, and Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles meetings, La Paz, B. C. S., Mexico.
  • Pechmann, J. H. K., J.C. Trexler and W. G. DeLoach (1999). Multivariate analyses of invertebrate and amphibian community structure along environmental gradients in Florida Everglades sloughs. Ecological Society of America meeting, Spokane, WA.
 

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