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Melia G Nafus

Research Ecologist

Fort Collins Science Center

Email: mnafus@usgs.gov
Office Phone: 970-226-9255
Fax: 970-226-9230

Location
NRRC Bldg C
2150 Centre Avenue
Building C
Fort Collins , CO 80526-8118
US

Supervisor: Sharon K Taylor
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On an island largely devoid of native vertebrate seed dispersers, we monitored forest succession for seven years following ungulate exclusion from a 5-hectare area and adjacent plots with ungulates still present. The study site was in northern Guam on Andersen Air Force Base (13°37’N, 144°51’E) and situated on a coralline limestone plateau. We established 22 plots and six 0.25-m2 subplots to measure trees and understory canopy. Data were collected in February or March, during the dry season from 2005-2011.
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Data were collected in association with locations of standard brown treesnake traps on Guam at location prior to suppression or control efforts and after control had occurred. In all cases study sites were closed or semi-closed populations of brown treesnakes. Habitat data focused on type and structure of the habitat within 10-m of the trap.
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The dataset consists of two spreadsheets that contain brown treesnake data (location, perch taxa, perch height, time of detection, whether visible or not, and size of snake) collected during both visual surveys and radio telemetry within a 55-ha enclosure on Guam.
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This file describes three datasets used to evaluate individual traits in brown treesnakes and how they affect susceptibility to toxicant applications. This file references three data sets that include 'Guam GROUND', SURVTOX', and 'HMU NWFN TRT.' Guam GROUND reference to snakes encountered during visual surveys on Guam and whether they were located on the ground or arboreal. SURVTOX refers to a known fate study of telemetered snakes that either survived or died during an application of toxic baits. HMU NWFN TRT refers to the demography of snakes captured pre and post-toxicant treatment.
Accidentally introduced to Guam, the brown treesnake (BTS) has extirpated nearly all native forest birds and imposed cost millions of dollars in economic damages annually. Acetaminophen is a safe and effective oral toxicant for invasive BTS, and an automated aerial delivery system (ADS) has been developed for landscape-scale distribution and snake suppression. An 80 milligram dose has proven 100% lethal for most BTS; however, there have been no previous trials that compared internal versus external placement of the oral toxicant on the bait and how that affects mortality of individuals. This study compared mortality following exposure to three treatments: placement of the toxicant inside a dead mouse bait, placement...
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