Lab projects

Distribution, behaviour, ecology and conservation of North East Asian amphibians and reptiles

Goal: Knowledge on the distribution, behaviour, ecology and habitat preferences of a species is critical for its conservation. For instance, when the entire range of a species is threatened by habitat modification, the risk of extinction increases exponentially. As a result, the assessment of extinction risks is based on threat levels, which may guide optimal conservation efforts to prevent extinction. The lack of knowledge on species’ distributions has already resulted in extinctions that could have been easily avoided.

The behavioural ecology of most herp species is still undescribed in North East Asia, and no precise distribution maps have been drawn. This lack of knowledge, in relation with the increasing threats to reptiles and amphibians through rapid urbanisation and deforestation will result in the inability to conserve species adequately.

The purpose of this project is to scientifically document the distribution, behaviour, ecology and conservation status of all amphibian and reptile species in North East Asia.

Anyone interested in joining the project and collaborating is most welcome. All data points have values, and making them accessible during species assessment and political decisions can only help conservation in the long term. You can follow the project on Research Gate.

Cataloging the oldest herpetology collection in South Korea

Goal: Cataloging the herpetology collection of the Ewha Womans University Natural History Museum (EWNHM) in Seoul, Republic of Korea to assess variation in body size of amphibians and reptiles over time. This museum has one of the oldest natural history collections in South Korea, with some herpetology specimens dating back to 1950s. You can follow the project on Research Gate.