2015 IPFW Student Research and Creative Endeavor Symposium



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Faculty Sponsor

Dr. Bruce Kingsbury


Department of Biology

University Affiliation

Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne


The Massasauga (Sistrurus catenatus) is a small rattlesnake that is in decline throughout much of its range. Due to these declines, it is listed as state endangered in Indiana and is a candidate for federal listing. However, systematic surveys have not been conducted in Indiana in nearly twenty years, making an assessment of the status of the species in the state difficult. I will present the methodology used to identify and examine the spatial extent of the Massasauga populations potentially remaining in Indiana. I used historical observation records and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to identify potential survey sites and the extent of suitable habitat surrounding these locations. Once populations are delineated they will be prioritized to determine the order they will be surveyed in. This work will assist not only in determining survey locations, but will also clarify the current status of historical populations.


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Using GIS to Identify and Delineate Massasauga Populations in Indiana

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