Illinois Natural History Survey - University of Illinois

Andrew R Kuhns
Title: Aquatic Ecologist
Mailing address:
1816 South Oak Street
Champaign, IL 61820
Office address:
607 E. Peabody Dr.
Champaign, IL 61820
Address mailcode: 652
Office room:
Location: NRB
Phone: 217-265-6707
Fax: 217-244-0729

I am the herpetologist for the Biological Surveys Assessment Program at INHS. I conduct field surveys for endangered and threatened animals throughout Illinois.
Efficacy of created vernal ponds for the preservation of amphibian species in greatest need of conservation.

Spatial ecology and demography of Blanding's Turtles (Emydoidea blandingii).

Status, distrubution, and landscape genetics of Jefferson Salamanders (Ambystoma jeffersonianum)
Message to students:
Professional affiliations:
Midwest PARC (Partnership in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation)
Selected publications:
Shepard, D.B and A.R. Kuhns. 2017. Shifting rivers and stationary ground: biogeographic history of slimy salamanders on an isolated bluff in the Mississippi River Floodplain. Journal of Zoology 304:235-242.
Anthonysamy, W.J.B., G. Klut, D. Thompson, M.J. Dreslik, A.R. Kuhns, D. Kirk, G. Glowacki, M. Douglas, and C.A. Phillips. 2017 Population genetic evaluations within a co-distributed taxonomic group: a multi-species approach to conservation planning. Animal Conservation 21: 137-147.
Crawford, J.A., C.A. Phillips, W.E. Peterman, I. MacAllister, N. Wesserlund, A.R. Kuhns, and M.J. Dreslik. 2017. Chytrid infection dynamics in amphibians on military and public lands in the Midwestern United States. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 8:344-352.
Shepard, D.B., N. Ledbetter, and A.R. Kuhns. 2016. Molecular phylogeographic methods reveal the identity and origin of a Dusky Salamander (Genus: Desmognathus) population in southern Illinois. Herpetological Conservation and Biology. 11: 434-450.
Crawford, J.A., W.E. Peterman, A.R. Kuhns, and L.S. Eggert. 2016. Influence of wetland occupancy and connectivity on meta-population genetic structure of a threatened salamander in an agriculturally fragmented landscape. Landscape Ecology 31:2231-+2244.
Crawford, J.A., A.R. Kuhns, and M.J. Meyer. 2015. Population Ecology of the Northern Slimy Salamander (Plethodon glutinosus) in East-central Illinois. Journal of North American Herpetology 2015:17-21.
Peterman, W.E, J.A. Crawford, and A.R. Kuhns. 2013. Using species distribution and occupancy modeling to guide survey efforts and assess species status. Journal for Nature Conservation 21:114-121.

Shepard, D.B., A.R. Kuhns, M.J. Dreslik, and C.A. Phillips. 2008. Roads as barriers to animal movement in fragmented landscapes. Animal Conservation 11:288-296.

Dreslik, M.J., A.R. Kuhns, & C.A. Phillips. 2005. Structure and composition of a southern Illinois freshwater turtle assemblage. Northeasern Naturalist, 12:173-186.

Kuhns, A.R. & J.A. Crawford. 2004. New amphibian and reptile county records for Pulaski County, Illinois. Herpetological Review, 35:419-420.

Dreslik, M.J., A.R. Kuhns, C.A. Phillips and B.C. Jellen. 2003. Summer home range and movements of the Cooter turtle, Pseudemys concinna in Illinois. Chelonian Conservation and Biology 4(3):706-710.

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Program affiliates:

Biotic Survey and Assessment Program

Urban Biotic Assessment Program

Professional society involvement and activities:

M.S. Biological Sciences. Illinois State University. 2004.
B.S. Biology-Ecology, Ethology, and Evolution. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 1998.
A.S. Biology. Lake Land College. 1996.

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