Dunes Sagebrush Lizard

HWA biologists have been trained and hold permits from the states of Texas and New Mexico to capture dunes sagebrush lizards.  As part of a research effort aiming to to better understand factors influencing the range-wide occurrence and abundance of dunes sagebrush lizards, HWA biologist have captured and collected genetic samples from dunes sagebrush lizards across their known distribution.  Key elements of HWA's research on dunes sagebrush lizards include:   

  • spatial modeling of the Mescalero-Monahans shinnery sands ecosystem in which the lizards occur
  • pit-fall trapping and noosing
  • genetic sampling and landscape genetics analysis
  • soil sampling
  • object-based classification of landscape features throughout the ecosystem
  • estimation of detection probability and occupancy dynamics