|Town/Region||Trans-Mexican Volcanic System|
|Continent||Central and Latin America|
|Categories||Amphibians, Biodiversity, Habitats|
|Date||14 Dec 2018|
The conservation of amphibians is important because they have cultural and ecological connotations, including the following: used as food and traditional medicine; serving as inspiration for stories and legends; biological control of arthropods (when adults) and/or aquatic vegetation (at the larval stage); role as a bridge of the flow of energy between aquatic and terrestrial habitats; they are the most threatened group of vertebrates. Therefore, it is important to consider amphibians and their sensitivity to land use change, simultaneously allowing their conservation without drastically affecting human productive activities. The study area is part of the Trans-Mexican Volcanic System located in the State of Michoacán. It is recognized as the most heterogeneous biogeographical province in the country, in terms of geology and biological history. In this region, I will evaluate amphibian richness and species-specific responses within habitat remnants along an altitudinal gradient. Furthermore, I would determine the importance of remnants of native vegetation within landscapes affected by different land-uses.
The study is at the landscape scale, and I would estimate how the proportion of different land-uses affects the amphibian community. I have already recorded the following land-uses in the study landscape: urban areas, livestock raising, crops, groves, pine forest and decidual forest. Furthermore, I would determine the importance of habitat characteristics at the local scale for amphibians, for this I will measure air temperature, humidity, canopy openness, water pH, and stream depth. Thereafter, I would relate the incidence of different amphibian species with habitat environmental traits by means of occupancy models. The obtained information could be useful for identifying amphibian priority conservation sites and to increase public awareness and knowledge on amphibians at local and regional scales. I would organize workshops in the human settlements close to the study sites to broadcast information about the natural history of the amphibian species in the region. In addition, I would organize workshops to raise awareness about the importance of amphibians in the ecosystem, the threats that afflict them as well as the actions that could be taken for their conservation.
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