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2010 Caudata.org/AArk Grant: Preliminary Poll

This is a discussion on 2010 Caudata.org/AArk Grant: Preliminary Poll within the 2010 Grant forums, part of the General Discussion & News from Members category; The applications for the 2010 Caudata.org/Amphibian Ark grant have been received. There are 7 grant applications. This year, we are ...

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Axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum) habitat preference within conservation refuges 2 14.29%
A Comparison of Amphibian Communities between Natural Ponds and Constructed Ponds of Multiple Age Classes: Evaluating Conservation and Mitigation Implications 5 35.71%
Uncovering Genetic Diversity of a Salamander Species Restricted to a Critically Threatened Habitat 1 7.14%
The Southern Appalachian Ethno-habitat: Cryptobranchus alleganiensis and Cherokee Cultural Factors as Healthy Ecosystem Indicators 0 0%
Rapid adaptation in an island population of Salamandra salamandra 1 7.14%
Recovery of Salamander species in Jiwani Coastal belt District Gwadar Balochistan 2 14.29%
Ecology, distribution and conservation of the Himalayan Salamander, Tylototriton verrucosus 3 21.43%
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Old 24th May 2010   #1 (permalink)
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Default 2010 Caudata.org/AArk Grant: Preliminary Poll

The applications for the 2010 Caudata.org/Amphibian Ark grant have been received. There are 7 grant applications. This year, we are allowing everyone to vote. Please note that we are looking for informed decisions, so please do not choose until you have read all the applications. The applications appear as attachments to this message (see below).

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  1. Axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum) habitat preference within conservation refuges
  2. A Comparison of Amphibian Communities between Natural Ponds and Constructed Ponds of Multiple Age Classes: Evaluating Conservation and Mitigation Implications
  3. Uncovering Genetic Diversity of a Salamander Species Restricted to a Critically Threatened Habitat (Eurycea aquatica)
  4. The Southern Appalachian Ethno-habitat: Cryptobranchus alleganiensis and Cherokee Cultural Factors as Healthy Ecosystem Indicators.
  5. Rapid adaptation in an island population of Salamandra salamandra
  6. Recovery of Salamander species in Jiwani Coastal belt District Gwadar Balochistan, Pakistan
  7. Ecology, distribution and conservation of the Himalayan Salamander, Tylototriton verrucosus
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File Type: pdf Axolotl_habitat.pdf (435.0 KB, 529 views)
File Type: pdf Constructed_ponds.pdf (114.6 KB, 390 views)
File Type: pdf E_aquatica.pdf (257.8 KB, 413 views)
File Type: pdf Hellbender.pdf (182.5 KB, 262 views)
File Type: pdf island_Salamandra.pdf (215.5 KB, 225 views)
File Type: pdf salamanders_Pakistan.pdf (11.9 KB, 306 views)
File Type: pdf Tverrucosus_corrected.pdf (232.4 KB, 401 views)
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I put in a corrected version of the PDF for 'Tverrucosus'. The conversion from .doc to .pdf had corrupted one line, which is now fixed.

The 'Axolotl_habitat' file also contains a truncation of the Budget section, but it is not complete in any of the files I received.

If anyone notices any other problems with the PDFs, let me know.
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We've only had 9 votes cast so far. I believe that the time frame for voting is rather short, so please read and vote, if you plan to.
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This poll will close in the next 24 hours. FYI.
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After some back and forth discussions, we decided to choose the Eurycea aquatica project (proposal number 3 in the above list) over the Constructed Ponds and Tylototriton verrucosus projects. Thank you to everyone who applied and who voted. We'll be doing this again in the new year.

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Well darnit, I would have supported an Axolotl research project no matter what the cost.
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As I have informed the applicants who were not chosen, the winning proposal was chosen because their project was judged to have the most conservation value specific to caudates, with a tangible research goal and the clearest peer-reviewed publishing plan. This is not to say that the other proposals were not valuable research but unfortunately we can only award a single grant each year. We (the folks who run Caudata.org) consult the members of the site for their opinion and then we review the proposals ourselves, often with outside scientific consultation with scientific experts in the field, and then we make an informed decision. Our top 3 were the Tylototriton verrucosus project, the Constructed Ponds project and the Eurycea aquatica project. It was very difficult to choose between the 3 but in the end we decided on the Eurycea aquatica project based on the criteria I have just mentioned. I know we all hate to disappoint the others but at least there will be a 2011 grant and I have invited all of the applicants to apply again.
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Oh snap, I didn't realize this was Uconn grant. Glad to see it was awarded to someone in my homestate.
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Wow that was quick! I was on vacation and didn't even see this poll start and finish!

Congrats to Beth though, I'm sure she'll use it wisely :)
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We're waiting on the progress report from Elizabeth. I sent her an email a few months back and got no response.
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