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Engineering a future for amphibians under climate change


Shoo, Luke P.; Olson, Deanna H.; McMenamin, Sarah K.; Murray, Kris A.; Van Sluys, Monique; Donnelly, Maureen A.; Stratford, Danial; Terhivuo, Juhani; Merino-Viteri, Andres; Herbert, Sarah M.; Bishop, Phillip J.; Corn, Paul Stephen; Dovey, Liz; Griffiths, Richard A.; Lowe, Katrin; Mahony, Michael; McCallum, Hamish; Shuker, Jonathan D.; Simpkins, Clay; Skerratt, Lee F.; Williams, Stephen E.; Hero, Jean-Marc. 2011. Engineering a future for amphibians under climate change. Journal of Applied Ecology. 48: 487-492.

Amphibians have already suffered massive losses as a consequence of ongoing stressors including disease, habitat loss, pollution and over-utilization (Stuart et al. 2004). Climate change will be likely to exacerbate most of these threats and will pose major new challenges for conservation practitioners in the coming century (Corn 2005; Blaustein et al. 2010). General guidelines exist for managing biodiversity under climate change (e.g. Hannah et al. 2002); however, relatively few empirical case studies examine the efficacy of practical 'adaptation management' (Heller & Zavaleta 2009) that might aid in amphibian conservation. Adaptation management is a term used by natural resource managers to describe actions to forestall threats to natural systems; it does not refer to adaptation in an evolutionary sense nor iterative and corrective decision making in the face of imperfect knowledge.

Keywords: adaptation management, desiccation, hydroperiod, microclimate, microhabitat, refuge, restoration, thermal stress


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Title: RMRS Other Publications: Engineering a future for amphibians under climate change
Electronic Publish Date: July 3, 2013
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