Amphibian Ecology and Conservation: A Handbook of Techniques by C. Kenneth Dodd Jr.

By C. Kenneth Dodd Jr.

This functional handbook of amphibian ecology and conservation brings jointly a amazing, overseas staff of amphibian researchers to supply a cutting-edge assessment of the various new and intriguing suggestions used to check amphibians and to trace their conservation prestige and inhabitants developments. the mixing of ecology and conservation is a common final result of the kinds of questions posed through those disciplines: how amphibians can and will be sampled, marked, and via time; how abundance and inhabitants traits are measured; what are the strong statistical tools that may be utilized in ecology and conservation; what roles do amphibians play in group constitution and serve as; how do animals functionality of their setting; and what impacts the long term endurance of species assemblages?

even if emphasizing box ecology, sections on physiological ecology, genetics, panorama ecology, and illness research also are integrated. The ebook describes the newest statistical ways in amphibian box ecology and conservation, in addition to using versions in studying box learn. a lot of this knowledge is scattered within the medical literature or now not available, and the purpose is to supply a reasonable, complete synthesis to be used via graduate scholars, researchers, and training conservationists all over the world.

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Separating effects from causes is a major challenge when setting objectives. For example, acid rain has wellknown causes, but much research today focuses on the effects or seeks solutions to limit its impact. In another example, many recent studies have reported on amphibian declines (Stuart et al. g. Becker et al. 2007). It is important that amphibian biologists do not limit their focus to specific taxa; otherwise, they lose sight of the fact that similar effects may be occurring in other taxa.

Amphibians have highly permeable skin, which makes them both vulnerable to losing water and able to absorb water. Their eggs, covered with jelly capsules rather than hard shells, lose water rapidly. For these reasons, amphibians require relatively moist environments. Many sampling techniques have been developed in North America or Europe where most amphibians exhibit the complex life cycle of aquatic eggs, aquatic larvae, and metamorphosis into terrestrial adults that return to water to breed. Not all amphibians fit this stereotype.

Evidence for the role of infectious disease in species extinction and endangerment. Conservation Biology, 20, 1349–57. Stuart, S. , Chanson, J. , Cox, N. , Young, B. , Rodrigues, A. , Fischman, D. , and Waller, W. (2004). Status and trends of amphibian declines and extinctions worldwide. Science, 302, 1783–6. Wake, M. H. (1977). The reproductive biology of caecilians: an evolutionary perspective. In D. H. Taylor and S. I. Guttman (eds), The Reproductive Biology of Amphibians, pp. 73–101. Plenum, New York.

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