Using Ecological Niche Modeling For Biodiversity Conservation Guidance In The Western Podillya (Ukraine): Amphibians

Vestnik Zoologii. 2015;49(2):135-144 DOI 10.1515/vzoo-2015-0015


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Journal Title: Vestnik Zoologii

ISSN: 2073-2333 (Online)

Publisher: Sciendo

Society/Institution: Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

LCC Subject Category: Science: Zoology

Country of publisher: Poland

Language of fulltext: English

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Tytar V. (Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology NAS of Ukraine, vul. B. Khmelnytskogo, 15, Kiev, 01601 Ukraine)
Mezhzherin S. (Schmalhausen Institute of Zoology NAS of Ukraine, vul. B. Khmelnytskogo, 15, Kiev, 01601 Ukraine)
Sobolenko L. (Pavlo Tychyna Uman State Pedagogical University, Sadova str., 2, Uman, 20300 Ukraine)


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Abstract | Full Text

Maximum entropy niche modeling was employed as a tool to assess potential habitat suitability for 13 amphibian species and to map their potential distribution in the Western Podillya (Ukraine). The predictor variables used were of climate, topography and human impact (assessed by the Human Footprint). The “mean temperature of coldest quarter” and “isothermality” were two of the most important factors in predicting habitat suitability and distribution. Another profound contribution has been displayed by the Human Footprint, meaning that human infrastructure may benefit amphibians, a phenomenon that perhaps is much more widespread than thought. Areas have been distinguished that in the first place should be of interest to nature conservationists targeting amphibians (exemplified by Bombina variegata) and a map summarizing species richness was produced.