Forging sustainability

AMPHIBIA: How will climate changes influence the viability of amphibian populations already stressed with anthropogenic contamination
Coordinator - Isabel M. Lopes
Execution dates - 2010-08-14 - 2012-06-30 (23 Months)
Funding Entity - FCT (PTDC/AAC-AMB/104532/2008)
Funding for CESAM - 56138 €
Total Funding - 90000 €
Proponent Institution - Universidade de Aveiro
Participating Institutions
Associação para o Desenvolvimento da Faculdade de Ciências (ADFC/FC/UP)
Praça Gomes Teixeira

IMAR - Instituto do Mar (IMAR)
IMAR-Instituto do Mar - Departamento de Ciencias da Vida, Universidade de Coimbra, Largo Marques de Pombal

Instituto de Ciências Biomédicas Abel Salazar (ICBAS/UP)
Largo do Prof. Abel Salazar, 2

The Global Amphibian Assessment worldwide project (by the International Union for Conservation of Nature - the oldest and largest global environment network) reported that almost one-third (32%) of the world amphibian species is threatened (1,896 species) and that at least 43% of all species are declining; amphibians will continue to be threatened in the future. In an attempt to understand the causes of such worldwide and unparalleled decrease of amphibian populations and species, several works on the effects of environmental stressors (habitat destruction, contaminants, UV-B radiation, climate changes) on amphibians have been carried out.
In particular, pollutants may have a variety of effects on natural populations including the erosion of genetic diversity, which may reduce the
population's evolutionary plasticity, resilience and reliability under future stress events. Accordingly, the AMPHIBIA project aims at assessing the effects of climate changes (expressed as increased mean temperature, dryness and UV-B radiation) on populations of amphibians already exposed to anthropogenic contamination.

Members on this project
Inês Domingues
Isabel M. Lopes


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