Special Issue "Amphibian Ecology in Geographically Isolated Wetlands"
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2. Odum School of Ecology, University of Georgia Athens, Athens, GA 30602, USA
Interests: amphibian ecology; conservation ecology; molecular ecology; ecotoxicology
Although there might be some disagreement regarding what to name the habitat itself, there is no doubt that geographically isolated wetlands (GIW) are essential habitats for numerous amphibian species worldwide. Because many pond-breeding amphibian species have limited capacities to persist in aquatic systems with fish, fish-free wetlands—which many GIW are—often harbor more (and different) species than typical pond or lake ecosystems. Our interest in this Special Issue of Diversity is in how these unique habitats—i.e., GIW—affect and select for the ecology of pond-breeding amphibian species. For example, at the landscape level, we think that GIW diversity, in terms of size, scale, and/or hydroperiod, promotes species diversity. Species differ in their responses to biotic (e.g., predation pressure, density, pathogens) and abiotic (e.g., hydroperiod, contaminants, water chemistry) stressors. Thus, the unique aspects of GIW environments and their biotic and abiotic factors likely influence species’ morphologies, life histories, and evolutionary trajectories. The GIW environments influence not only single-species ecology, but also community-level interactions and ecosystem-level processes, such as nutrient flux. At a metapopulation level, the distribution of GIW on the landscape certainly affects single-species and community-level persistence by influencing local extinction and recolonization rates. All aspects of the interplay between amphibian ecology and GIW are encouraged as submissions for this Special Issue.
Dr. Stacey Lance
Mr. David E. Scott
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- Geographically isolated wetlands (GIW)
- Pond-breeding amphibian species
- Community-level interactions
- Ecosystem-level processes
- Nutrient flux