Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: New Mexico
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

New Mexico Project

Reconciling range-wide uncertainties in alligator snapping turtle population viability using expert elicitation

August 2022 - August 2024


Participating Agencies

  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Ecological Services

We are assisting the USFWS Alligator Snapping Turtle Species Status assessment team to develop a population viability model that predicted future abundance and extinction probability. In this project phase we are extending the model to include the entire species' range using expert elicited parameters. The results were used in the forth coming listing decision for both species of alligator snapping turtle.

Presentations Presentation Date
Christensen, E., C.P. McGowan, D. Castellanos, J. Culbertson, C. Eakin, B. Firmin, P.K. London, L. Pearson, E. Rivenbark, A.J. Lawson. 2023. Evaluating Sensitivity of Expert Elicited Parameters Within Decision Support Population Viability Analyses. The Wildlife Society Annual Conference; Louisville, Kentucky. 5-9 November. November 2023