Engineering a future for amphibians under climate change

Griffiths, Richard A. and Shool, Luke P. and Olson, Deanna H. and McMenamin, Sarah K. and Murray, Kris A. and Van Sluys, Monique and Donnelly, Maureen A. and Stratford, Danial and Terhivuo, Juhani and Merino-Viteri, Andres and Herbert, Sarah M. and Bishop, Phillip J. and Corn, Paul Stephen and Dovey, Liz and Lowe, Katrin and Mahony, Michael and McCallum, Hamish and Shuker, Jonathan D. and Simpkins, Clay and Skerratt, Lee F. and Williams, Stephen E. and Hero, Jean-Marc (2011) Engineering a future for amphibians under climate change. Journal of Applied Ecology, 48 (2). pp. 487-492. ISSN 0021-8901. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2664.2010.01942.x

Abstract

1. Altered global climates in the 21st century pose serious threats for biological systems and practical actions are needed to mount a response for species at risk. 2. We identify management actions from across the world and from diverse disciplines that are applicable to minimizing loss of amphibian biodiversity under climate change. Actions were grouped under three thematic areas of intervention: (i) installation of microclimate and microhabitat refuges; (ii) enhancement and restoration of breeding sites; and (iii) manipulation of hydroperiod or water levels at breeding sites. 3. Synthesis and applications. There are currently few meaningful management actions that will tangibly impact the pervasive threat of climate change on amphibians. A host of potentially useful but poorly tested actions could be incorporated into local or regional management plans, programmes and activities for amphibians. Examples include: installation of irrigation sprayers to manipulate water potentials at breeding sites; retention or supplementation of natural and artificial shelters (e.g. logs, cover boards) to reduce desiccation and thermal stress; manipulation of canopy cover over ponds to reduce water temperature; and, creation of hydrologoically diverse wetland habitats capable of supporting larval development under variable rainfall regimes. We encourage researchers and managers to design, test and scale up new initiatives to respond to this emerging crisis.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: adaptation management; desiccation; hydroperiod; microclimate; microhabitat; refuge; restoration; thermal stress
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > DICE (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology)
Depositing User: Shelley Malekia
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2012 12:56
Last Modified: 21 May 2014 11:01
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/30113 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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