Lab projects

The lab currently focuses mostly on zoogeography, behavioural ecology, communication and research on collections.

Most projects are developed on the corresponding pages, with the part on herpetology summarised on the following page: distribution, behaviour, ecology and conservation of North East Asian amphibians and reptiles.

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 for species assessment and political decisions can only help conservation in the long term.