What is it about?

The study examines how different land uses and coverage impact amphibian functional diversity in the Colombian Andean region. It evaluates the sensitivity and congruence of various diversity indices across natural (forest, bamboo stands) and anthropogenic (pastures, crops, rural houses) cover types. The research aims to identify which indices best capture the response of amphibians to human-induced landscape changes and provide insights into conserving their functional attributes.

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Why is it important?

This study is significant as it sheds light on the sensitivity of amphibian functional diversity to human-induced landscape changes. By evaluating a range of diversity indices across various cover types, the research highlights which indices are more suitable for detecting changes in amphibian diversity due to anthropogenic transformations. Understanding how different amphibian species respond to altered landscapes helps inform conservation decisions, as certain species may be more sensitive to these changes.


We give four important perspectives: Functional Diversity Monitoring: The study underscores the importance of long-term monitoring using appropriate functional traits and diversity indices. This can help detect shifts in functional attributes of amphibian assemblages and ecosystem functions, providing insights into the impact of land use and coverage changes. Conservation Implications: Conservation efforts should consider the sensitivity of different amphibian species to human-induced changes in land use and coverage. By focusing on specific functional diversity indices, conservation strategies can be tailored to protect species most at risk due to these transformations. Research Gap: The study highlights the scarcity of research on amphibian functional diversity in transformed landscapes. Future studies should expand this research to better understand how different species respond to landscape changes and contribute to more effective conservation planning. Decision-Making: The study emphasizes the importance of incorporating functional diversity indices, especially those sensitive to anthropogenic changes, in impact assessment protocols. These indices can provide a more comprehensive understanding of how alterations in land use and coverage affect ecosystem health and resilience.

PhD Nicolas Urbina-Cardona
Pontificia Universidad Javeriana

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This page is a summary of: Classification and sensitivity of taxonomic and functional diversity indices of anurans in the Andean coffee cultural landscape, Ecological Indicators, March 2022, Elsevier,
DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2022.108650.
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