Influence of permanent habitat disturbances on amphibians
Thesis in the field of herpetology / conservation biology and phylogeography
Pioneer species such as the yellow-bellied toad (Bombina variegata) and the european tree frog (Hyla arborea) depend on permanent disturbances in their habitat in order to successfully reproduce. However, these disturbances also pose potential deadly risks to individuals and could even affect local populations.
In this thesis the trade-off between positive effects on the reproduction rates and the killing rates shall be quantified. Potential study areas are located in the vicinity of the city of Salzburg at Seekirchen or Nussdorf am Haunsberg.