October Monthly Meeting
Friday October 20th, 2017
Arden-Dimick Public Library, 891 Watt Ave, Sacramento, CA 95864
"Fancy Meeting You Here: Studying Non-native Watersnakes in California"
Jonathan Rose is a herpetologist who does research that improves the conservation of threatened species. He's especially fascinated by how certain reptiles and amphibians are able to persist and thrive in human dominated environments like suburbia and agricultural landscapes. His interest in conservation stems from growing up in Iowa, a state where the relatively few reptile and amphibian species have had to adapt to an environment completely changed by humans in the last 150 years.
Jonathan conducted his dissertation at UC Davis on invasive watersnakes. Both the Common Watersnake, Nerodia sipedon, and the Southern Watersnake, Nerodia fasciata, are established in California. Non-native watersnakes pose a threat to many native reptiles, amphibians, and fish as a potential competitor or predator. Jonathan will discuss the potential for watersnakes to become invasive in California and his study of their distribution and abundance in the Sacramento area. He will also talk about the broader concern for how invasive species can negatively affect some of California’s unique native herps.