Omar Hernández Ordóñez
Research: Conservation of amphibians and reptiles in the fragmented Lacandona rainforest, Mexico: The importance of forest patches, secondary forests and vegetation corridors
Abstract: A large proportion of global biodiversity is nowadays located in fragmented landscapes, and hence, biodiversity protection largely depends on maintaining biodiversity in these spatially heterogeneous landscapes. Understanding the response of species to land use change is therefore necessary to improve management and conservation policies, especially for the most threatened and ecologically relevant taxa, such as amphibians and reptiles. Here, we will evaluate simultaneously changes in amphibian and reptile assemblages in different landscape elements, including forest patches, secondary forests, and vegetation corridors. This study will be the first in assessing which landscapes elements contribute to maintain the diversity of amphibians and reptiles in a fragmented region that is considered of main conservation concern by the Mexican government: the Lacandona region, Chiapas. We will also identify which species/taxonomic groups are particularly vulnerable to habitat alterations, obtaining information with critical implications for the conservation of these species and their habitats.