Special Issue "Biodiversity and Conservation of Amphibians"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2023) | Viewed by 2873
Interests: molecular evolutionary mechanisms of phenotypic plasticity; comparative genomics and evolutionary genetics; phylogeny and biogeography; biodiversity and distribution patterns
Amphibian diversity is an important part of biodiversity, and it represents an excellent model for studying the factors affecting distribution and evolution. Amphibians in many countries are facing many threats, such as habitat degradation and loss, overuse, environmental pollution and climate change. Globally, amphibians are significantly more threatened than other vertebrate groups. Conservation research is an important tool to understand and mitigate this decline, and landscape modeling, phylogenetic analyses through genomics, the definition of ecological requirements, and the understanding of behavioral ecology are among the lines of research available.
Threats generally include habitat loss or degradation, pathogens, invasive species, genetic erosion and hybridization, and climate change. However, human activities are also the reason why some species are still extant, although the impact of conservation projects and that of protected areas is rarely scientifically assessed. For instance, the number of amphibian species benefitting from conservation activities and the impact of these projects on population dynamics is generally unclear, and the number of species extinct in the wild but surviving in captivity has not been determined. This Special Issue focuses on novel research on the impact of human activities on amphibians, and we welcome contributions focusing on both the vulnerability and conservation of species and populations, including policies and assessments of species’ threat and conservation statuses. Similarly, research on local adaptation, or the lack of, due to recent shifts in human activities is welcome, as well as long-term variables impacting the ecology of species, such as adaptations to light or sound pollution, temperature increases and the salinization of the environment.
We are pleased to invite you to contribute your research to provide suggestions and theoretical support for a better understanding of the biodiversity and conservation of amphibians.
This Special Issue aims to assess the state of amphibian diversity, distribution and conservation around the world. We also would like to explore advances in amphibian taxonomy, phylogeny, molecular biology, ecology and evolution, conservation biology, behavior, physiology, etc.
In this Special Issue, original research articles and reviews are welcome. Research areas may include (but are not limited to) the following topics:
- Diversity distribution, ecology and conservation of amphibians.
- The main factors driving the distribution and community expansion of amphibians.
- The mechanism of species extinction and the survival of amphibians in the wild.
- The impact of human activities on amphibians, including changes to habitats, bio-invasion and artificial propagation, etc.
- The vulnerability and conservation of species and populations of amphibians, including policies and assessments of species’ threat and conservation statuses, etc.
We look forward to receiving your contributions.
Dr. Peng Li
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