University of South Florida
IB faculty and student publish in Integrative Zoology[06.07.2013]
TAMPA, Fla. -- University of South Florida IB faculty Jason Rohr and graduate student Jeremy Cohen and Yiming Li from China, wrote a review and synthesized the literature on the topic of responses of amphibians to climate change, emphasizing acutely lethal, sublethal, indirect and positive effects of climate change on amphibians and major research gaps on the subject.
The authors report that limited information exists on amphibian thermal tolerances, thermal preferences, dehydration breaths, opportunity costs of water conserving behaviors and actual temperature and moisture ranges amphibians experience.
Evidence that climate change is directly contributing to amphibian declines is weak, therefore the authors recommend that amphibian–climate research shift from primarily inductive, correlational approach to more hypothetico-deductive and parameter estimation approaches as studies that evaluate alternative hypotheses for declines.
The paper is published in the journal Integrative Zoology.
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