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Meeting the Challenge of Amphibian Declines with an Interdisciplinary Research Program

James P. Collins, Nicholas Cohen, Elizabeth W. Davidson, Joyce E. Davidson and Andrew Storfer

in Amphibian Declines

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2005 | ISBN: 9780520235922
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520929432 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520235922.003.0006
Meeting the Challenge of Amphibian Declines with an Interdisciplinary Research Program

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Amphibian populations fluctuate in size, but around 1989, herpetologists became alarmed by reports that populations and even species were declining — some to extinction. To address this problem, a workshop called “Amphibian population dynamics: Is the threat of extinction increasing for amphibians?” was held in May 1998 in Washington, D.C. The workshop featured investigators with diverse expertise in herpetology, ecology, infectious diseases, ecotoxicology, physiology, climate change, and science policy. The goal of the meeting was to assess the evidence for amphibian population declines, and, if warranted, to recommend a strategy for addressing the causes of the declines. Workshop participants agreed that declines could be traced to four main factors occurring alone, sequentially, or synergistically: habitat destruction, exotic species, disease, and anthropogenic environmental change due to toxic chemicals, ultraviolet radiation, or global climate change.

Keywords: amphibians; population declines; extinction; population dynamics; habitat destruction; exotic species; disease; environmental change; climate change

Chapter.  3759 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences

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