Monitoring Biological Responses to restoration: temporal and spatial shifts in the community structure of amphibians and reptiles in restored and retired cranberry bogs.

This project seeks to understand how amphibian and reptile communities respond to ecological restoration. We conduct a comprehensive survey on herpetofauna (amphibians and reptiles) at restored and retired former cranberry bogs using a combination of passive and active sampling techniques. We survey both wetland and upland habitats to document and ultimately, understand (1) how different amphibian and reptile species colonize restored wetland complexes; (2) how the community structure of amphibians and reptiles change before and after restoration; and (3) how the habitat structure and community composition change with time after the active restoration intervention.  

Recent Updates

Quick look into the survey after 1 week at each research site

By Joe Pervier on June 7, 2023
One of the best parts of doing ecological work is the wildlife. While we have spent 1 week at each of our research sites and collected a lot of useful data. We have also collected a lot of amazing photos! So while the data is being sorted through and a post is being made about that, I felt the need to share some of the stunning wildlife that can be found in wetland ecosystems.

Herpetofaunal surveys for 2023 underway

By Thilina D. Suransinghe on May 22, 2023
Dr. Surasinghe's lab at Bridgewater State University have started fieldwork for 2023. This year, we will be covering Tidmarsh, Cranberry Watershed Preserve, and Eel River.


Thilina D. Suransinghe
Michael Graziano
Joe Pervier