Date of Award




Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Department of Biological Sciences

Content Description

1 online resource (xiii, 166 pages) : PDF file, illustrations (some color), color map

Dissertation/Thesis Chair

Gary Kleppel

Committee Members

Alvin Breisch, Glenn Johnson


Blanding's Turtle, conservation, spatial ecology, survey methods, Blanding's turtle, Spatial ecology

Subject Categories

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology


In 2003, a small, isolated population of the New York State Threatened Blanding's Turtle (Emydoidea blandingii) was documented in Saratoga County, New York, between the main range and eastern range of the species, approximately 120 km from the nearest known population. The location of the population and its occupancy of a protected preserve in an area experiencing heavy development pressure prompted the need for an immediate conservation-focused study. Building upon work of New York State Department of Environmental Conservation staff from 2003-2006, a trapping (2007-2008) and radio-telemetry (2007-2009) study was conducted with the following objectives: 1) inform survey protocol recommendations for Blanding's Turtles in their Saratoga County habitat, 2) collect basic information on the spatial ecology of the population, and 3) determine the status and distribution of the population, and its conservation and management needs.