Vernal Pools of Northeastern North America

  • Elizabeth A. Colburn
  • Aram J. K. Calhoun
Reference work entry


Vernal pools of northeastern North America are small, seasonally flooded wetlands found in forested areas. They are defined by features such as length and timing of flooding and their biological community. Most reach their maximum depth and volume each spring and draw down during the summer. Their importance as habitat for some amphibians and invertebrates, and the unique adaptations of the fauna, make vernal pools of interest for conservation, education, and research.


Temporary ponds, pools or waters Seasonal pools or ponds Forest ponds Amphibians Aquatic macroinvertebrates Hydroperiod Biodiversity Conservation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Harvard Forest, Harvard UniversityPetershamUSA
  2. 2.University of MaineOronoUSA

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