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An alternative framework for responding to the amphibian crisis

Working Group: Elucidating mechanisms underlying amphibian declines in North America using hierarchical spatial models

Author(s):
Erin L Muths (Fort Collins Science Center)
Robert N Fisher (San Diego Field Station, WERC)


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Volumes of data illustrate the severity of the crisis affecting amphibians, where > 32% of amphibians worldwide are threatened with declining populations. Although there have been isolated victories, the current approach to the issue is unsuccessful. We suggest that a radically different approach, something akin to human emergency response management (i.e. the Incident Command System), is one alternative to addressing the inertia and lack of cohesion in responding to amphibian issues. We acknowledge existing efforts and the useful research that has been conducted, but we suggest that a change is warranted and that the identification of a new amphibian chytrid provides the impetus for such a change. Our goal is to recognize that without a centralized effort we (collectively) are likely to fail in responding to this challenge.


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