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- Plant Communities
of California -- field study of vernal pools and adjacent
grassland communities led by Professor Michael Barbour and
Associate Professor Louise Jackson of the University of
California, Davis. (University of California Television, 58.39
Books & Journal Articles
Pedologic-biologic feedbacks on the Merced River chronosequence:
The role of pocket gophers (Thomomys bottae) in Mima
mound-vernal p0ool ecosystems of the San Joaquin Valley --
Sarah E. Reed, Doctor of Philosophy Thesis, Environmental
Science, Policy, and Management, University of California,
A Comparative Study
of the Bacterial Communities in California Vernal Pools --
Dana Lynn Carper, Masters of Science Thesis, Department of
Biological Sciences, California State University, Sacramento.
Pseudacris regilla Tadpole Density on a California Vernal
Pool System -- Ian Anderson, Masters of Science Thesis,
Department of Biological Sciences, California State University,
Effects and the Role of Vegetation in California Vernal Pools
-- Heather V. Stiles, Masters of Science Thesis, Department of
Biological Sciences, California State University, Sacramento.
Physical and Chemical
Correlates of Sacramento County Vernal Pool Crustaceans --
Phillip A. Poirier, Master of Science Thesis, College of the
Pacific, Stockton. 2012.
Chemical Factors that Affect Diversity of Aquatic Invertebrates
in Vernal Pools is Sacramento County, California -- Angela
Calderaro, Masters of Science Thesis, Department of Biological
Sciences, California State University, Sacramento. 2011.
Assessment of High Resolution Multispectral Satellite Imagery
for Remote Sensing Identification of Wetlands and
Classification of Vernal Pools in Eastern Sacramento County,
California -- Justin E. Cutler, Master of Science Thesis,
California State University, Sacramento. 2006.
Use of Eastern Sacramento Valley Vernal Pools by Ducks- -
Bogiatto & Karnegis, 2006 -- California Fish and Game
of Rare Plant Species in the Vernal Pools of California --
K. A. Lazer, Master of Science Thesis, UC Davis. 2006.
effects of an unpredictable precipitation regime on vernal
pool hydrology -- E. T. Bauder. 2005. Freshwater Biology
role of perched aquifers in hydrological connectivity and
biogeochemical processes in vernal pool landscapes, Central
Valley, California -- Mark Cable Rains, Graham E. Fogg,
Thomas Harter, Randy A. Dahlgren, and Robert J. Williamson.
2005. Hydrological Processes (in press).
Grazing Mediates Climate Change Impacts on Ephemeral Wetlands
-- Christopher R. Pyke and Jaymee Marty. 2005.
Conservation Biology 19(5):1619-1625.
of Cattle Grazing on Diversity in Ephemeral Wetlands --
Jaymee T. Marty. 2005. Conservation Biology
Vegetation Dynamics in Central and Northern California Vernal
Pools -- J. J. Buck, Master of Science Thesis, UC Davis.
Vernal Pools are
at Home on the Range -- Jaymee Marty. 2004. National
Wetlands Newsletter 26(4):12-14.
and Rare Plant Ecology of Eastern Merced County's Vernal Pool
Grasslands -- John E. Vollmar, 2002
in the Southern California Vernal Pool Ecosystem - Ellen
T. Bauder, 1996 Symposium Proceedings, California Exotic Pest
Manual of California Vegetation -- John O. Sawyer and Todd
Keeler-Wolf. 1995. California Native Plant Society. Use this
link to go directly to the vernal
Conservation, and Management of Vernal Pool Ecosystems -
Proceedings from a 1996 Conference -- 1998. California
Native Plant Society.
of Mosquitofish (Gambusia affinis) on two vernal pool
organisms, Ambystoma californiense larvae and Linderiella
occidentalis -- K.E. Leyse, S.P. Lawler, and T. Strange.
1999. North American Benthological Society.
Islands within Islands: Viewing Vernal Pools Differently.
M.G. Barbour and C.W. Witham. Fremontia Vo.l 32, No. 2.
2004. California Native Plant Society.
Vol. 27 No. 4 and Col. 28 No. 1 -- Special Issue: Vernal Pools
-- 2000. California Native Plant Society.
Fremontia Vol. 4 No. 3 - Special Issue: Vernal
Pools. October 1976. California Native Plant Society.
Effects of Density-dependent Insect Visits, Flowering
Phenology, and Plant Size on Seed Set of the Endangered Vernal
Pool Plant Pogogyne abramsii (Lamiaceae) in Natural Comparted
to Created Vernal Pools -- J.R. Schiller, P.H. Zedler, and
C.H. Black. 2000. Wetlands (20)2.
Changes in the Distribution of Great Valley Vernal Pool Habitats
from 2005 to 2012
(PDF, 7.8 MB)
Carol W. Witham, Robert F. Holland, and John E. Vollmar.
Report prepared for USFWS under a CVPIA/HRP grant;
report dated October 14, 2014.
(ZIP, 5.0 MB)
Status Surveys for Seven Federally Listed Vernal Pool Grasses
and Chamaesyce hooveri in the Sacramento and San Joaquin Valleys
(Great Valley), California, USA. (PDF, 23.3 MB)
Carol W. Witham.
2013. GIS & Data
Files. (ZIP, 677 kb)
2005 Great Valley Vernal Pool
Map, Plus Merced, Placer and Sacramento County Losses
2005-2010. (PDF, 7.0 MB) C.W. Witham, R.F. Holland, and J.E. Vollmar. 2013.
(ZIP, 3.4 MB)
Analysis and Mapping of Four Rare Vernal Pool Species in Merced,
Sacramento and Placer Counties. (PDF, 42.2
MB) J.E. Vollmar, R.F. Holland, C.W. Witham, and J.H. Schweitzer. 2013.
(ZIP, 124.6 MB)
- Studies Document Losses of Vernal
Pool Habitat in the Central Valley - Prepared for Placer
Land Trust by AECOM with assistance from Vollmar Consulting and
Robert F. Holland. 2009.
Ecological Characterization, and Presence of Listed Plant Taxa
of Vernal Pool Associations in California -- Barbour, et
of vernal Pools at Three Sites, Southern Sacramento Valley
-- Williams, et al. 2005
Pools: Their History and Status in California's Central Valley
-- California Wetlands Information System
- Cows Eat Grass: How Cattle Grazing
Maintains Native Species Diversity in California Vernal Pool
Grasslands -- Jaymee Marty. 2003. The Nature Conservancy. (PowerPoint
- Rangeland Oasis
-- University of California Cooperative Extension
Resources Assessment of the Proposed Cruzan Mesa Vernal Pools
Significant Ecological Area -- Los Angeles County. (PDF)
Vernal Pool Assessment Preliminary Report -- Todd
Keeler-Wolf, Diane Elam, Kari Lewis, and Scott Flint. 1998. California Department of Fish and Game.
See also the California
Vernal Pool Regions Map.
in Great Valley Vernal Pool Distribution from 1989 to 1997
-- Robert F. Holland. 1998. Prepared for the California
Department of Fish and Game.
change and ephemeral pool ecosystems: Potholes and vernal
pools as potential indicator systems -- Tim B. Graham.
1997. United States Geological Service.
Ecosystems of the United States: A Preliminary Assessment of
Loss and Degradation -- Noss, LaRow and Scott. Undated. United States Geological
Service, Biological Resources.
the Impact of Habitat Fragmentation on the Unique Invertebrate
Communities of California's Vernal Pools -- Robin C.
Bolser. 1999. Progress Report to US Environmental Protection
Popular Press Items
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saving California's vernal pool landscapes