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Characterising a genetic stronghold amidst pervasive admixture: Morelet’s crocodiles ( Crocodylus moreletii ) in central Yucatan (2023)
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Barão-Nóbrega, J. A. L., González-Jáuregui, M., Padilla-Paz, S., Maher, K. H., Martínez-Arce, A., Cedeño-Vázquez, J. R., & Jehle, R. (2023). Characterising a genetic stronghold amidst pervasive admixture: Morelet’s crocodiles ( Crocodylus moreletii ) in central Yucatan. Conservation Genetics, 24(6), 893-903. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10592-023-01544-z

When backcrosses are fertile, interbreeding between endangered taxa can lead to the admixture of gene pools under threat. One such case pertains to the Mesoamerican crocodile Crocodylus moreletii, a species which shows strong signatures of both recen... Read More about Characterising a genetic stronghold amidst pervasive admixture: Morelet’s crocodiles ( Crocodylus moreletii ) in central Yucatan.

An experimental assessment of detection dog ability to locate great crested newts (Triturus cristatus) at distance and through soil (2023)
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Glover Id, N. J., Wilson, L. E., Leedale ld, A., & Jehle Id, R. (2023). An experimental assessment of detection dog ability to locate great crested newts (Triturus cristatus) at distance and through soil. PLoS ONE, 18, Article e0285084. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.+pone.0285084

Detection dogs are increasingly used to locate cryptic wildlife species, but their use for amphibians is still rather underexplored. In the present paper we focus on the great crested newt (Triturus cristatus), a European species which is experiencin... Read More about An experimental assessment of detection dog ability to locate great crested newts (Triturus cristatus) at distance and through soil.

An experimental assessment of detection dog ability to locate great crested newts (Triturus cristatus) at distance and through soil (2023)
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Jayne Glover, N., Elizabeth Wilson, L., Leedale, A., & Jehle, R. (2023). An experimental assessment of detection dog ability to locate great crested newts (Triturus cristatus) at distance and through soil. PloS one, 18(6), e0285084. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0285084

Detection dogs are increasingly used to locate cryptic wildlife species, but their use for amphibians is still rather underexplored. In the present paper we focus on the great crested newt (Triturus cristatus), a European species which is experiencin... Read More about An experimental assessment of detection dog ability to locate great crested newts (Triturus cristatus) at distance and through soil.

High Evolutionary Potential Maintained in Common Frog (Rana temporaria) Populations Inhabiting Urban Drainage Ponds (2023)
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Jehle, R., Hall, J., Hook, S. A., King, S., MacArthur, K., Miró, A., …O’Brien, D. (in press). High Evolutionary Potential Maintained in Common Frog (Rana temporaria) Populations Inhabiting Urban Drainage Ponds. Diversity, 15(6), 738. https://doi.org/10.3390/d15060738

Urbanisation leading to habitat change and fragmentation is a recognised global threat to biodiversity. However, it may also offer opportunities for some species. Genetic diversity, one of the three components of biodiversity, is often overlooked in... Read More about High Evolutionary Potential Maintained in Common Frog (Rana temporaria) Populations Inhabiting Urban Drainage Ponds.

Population structure and introgression in wild populations of European Seabass (Dicentrarchus labrax) (2023)
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Webb, S. G. (2023). Population structure and introgression in wild populations of European Seabass (Dicentrarchus labrax). (Thesis). University of Salford

Escapes of domesticated fish from aquaculture followed by interbreeding with wild conspecifics pose a threat to the genetic integrity of natural populations. In addition to disease and competition, wild populations can become inundated with genetic m... Read More about Population structure and introgression in wild populations of European Seabass (Dicentrarchus labrax).

N-mixture models provide informative crocodile (Crocodylus moreletii) abundance estimates in dynamic environments (2022)
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Nobrega, J., González-Jaurégui, M., & Jehle, R. (2022). N-mixture models provide informative crocodile (Crocodylus moreletii) abundance estimates in dynamic environments. PeerJ, 10, e12906

Estimates of animal abundance provide essential information for population ecological studies. However, the recording of individuals in the field can be challenging, and accurate estimates require analytical techniques which account for imperfect... Read More about N-mixture models provide informative crocodile (Crocodylus moreletii) abundance estimates in dynamic environments.

Challenging a host–pathogen paradigm: Susceptibility to chytridiomycosis is decoupled from genetic erosion (2022)
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Smith, D., O'Brien, C., Hall, J., Sergeant, C., Brookes, L. M., Harrison, X. A., …Jehle, R. (2022). Challenging a host–pathogen paradigm: Susceptibility to chytridiomycosis is decoupled from genetic erosion. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 35(4), 589-598. https://doi.org/10.1111/jeb.13987

The putatively positive association between host genetic diversity and the ability to defend against pathogens has long attracted the attention of evolutionary biologists. Chytridiomycosis, a disease caused by the chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dend... Read More about Challenging a host–pathogen paradigm: Susceptibility to chytridiomycosis is decoupled from genetic erosion.

Sex‐related differences in aging rate are associated with sex chromosome system in amphibians (2021)
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Cayuela, H., Lemaitre, J., Lena, J., Ronget, V., Martinez-Solano, I., Muths, E., …Miller, D. (2022). Sex‐related differences in aging rate are associated with sex chromosome system in amphibians. Evolution, 76(2), 346-356. https://doi.org/10.1111/evo.14410

Sex-related differences in mortality are widespread in the animal kingdom. Although studies have shown that sex determination systems might drive lifespan evolution, sex chromosome influences on aging rates have not been investigated so far, likely d... Read More about Sex‐related differences in aging rate are associated with sex chromosome system in amphibians.

Genetic and morphological data demonstrate hybridization and backcrossing in a pair of salamanders at the far end of the speciation continuum (2021)
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Arntzen, J., Jehle, R., & Wielstra, B. (2021). Genetic and morphological data demonstrate hybridization and backcrossing in a pair of salamanders at the far end of the speciation continuum. Evolutionary Applications, 14(12), 2784-2793. https://doi.org/10.1111/eva.13312

Deeply diverged yet hybridizing species provide a system to investigate the final stages of the speciation process. We study a hybridizing pair of salamander species — the morphologically and genetically drastically different newts Triturus cristat... Read More about Genetic and morphological data demonstrate hybridization and backcrossing in a pair of salamanders at the far end of the speciation continuum.

Reversing a downward trend in threatened peripheral amphibian (Triturus cristatus) populations through interventions combining species, habitat and genetic information (2021)
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O'Brien, D., Hall, J., Miro, A., O'Brien, K., Falaschi, M., & Jehle, R. (2021). Reversing a downward trend in threatened peripheral amphibian (Triturus cristatus) populations through interventions combining species, habitat and genetic information. Journal for Nature Conservation, 64, 126077. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jnc.2021.126077

Conserving genetic diversity in wild species is vital for preserving adaptations to local environmental conditions. We conducted a habitat creation project for a flagship European Protected Species of amphibian (northern great crested newt Triturus c... Read More about Reversing a downward trend in threatened peripheral amphibian (Triturus cristatus) populations through interventions combining species, habitat and genetic information.

How did the toad get over the sea to Skye? Tracing the colonisation of Scottish inshore islands by common toads (Bufo bufo) (2021)
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(Bufo bufo). Herpetological journal, 31, 204-213. https://doi.org/10.33256/31.4.204213

Processes of island colonisation have long been of interest to biologists. Colonisation events themselves are rarely observed, but the processes involved may be inferred using genetic approaches. We investigated possible means of island colonisation... Read More about How did the toad get over the sea to Skye? Tracing the colonisation of Scottish inshore islands by common toads (Bufo bufo).

Fungal microbiomes are determined by host phylogeny and exhibit widespread associations with the bacterial microbiome (2021)
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Harrison, X., McDevitt, A., Dunn, J., Grifftihs, S., Benvenuto, C., Birtles, R., …Antwis, R. (2021). Fungal microbiomes are determined by host phylogeny and exhibit widespread associations with the bacterial microbiome. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 288(1957), 20210552. https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2021.0552

Interactions between hosts and their resident microbial communities are a fundamental component of fitness for both agents. Though recent research has highlighted the importance of interactions between animals and their bacterial communities, compara... Read More about Fungal microbiomes are determined by host phylogeny and exhibit widespread associations with the bacterial microbiome.

Establishing a protocol to measure tetrodotoxin (TTX) levels in small bodied newts (genus Lissotriton) in western Europe (2021)
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Wagstaff, R. Establishing a protocol to measure tetrodotoxin (TTX) levels in small bodied newts (genus Lissotriton) in western Europe. (Dissertation). University of Salford

Tetrodotoxin (TTX) is a defence toxin most commonly found in marine organisms, and amphibians are the only land vertebrates (tetrapods) which are known to produce TTX. However, the origin of TTX in amphibians remains largely unknown, and our knowledg... Read More about Establishing a protocol to measure tetrodotoxin (TTX) levels in small bodied newts (genus Lissotriton) in western Europe.

Fungal microbiomes are determined by host phylogeny and exhibit widespread associations with the bacterial microbiome (2021)
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Harrison, X., McDevitt, A., Dunn, J., Griffiths, S., Benvenuto, C., Birtles, R., …Antwis, R. (2021). Fungal microbiomes are determined by host phylogeny and exhibit widespread associations with the bacterial microbiome

Interactions between hosts and their resident microbial communities are a fundamental component of fitness for both agents. Though recent research has highlighted the importance of interactions between animals and their bacterial communities, compara... Read More about Fungal microbiomes are determined by host phylogeny and exhibit widespread associations with the bacterial microbiome.

A co‐development approach to conservation leads to informed habitat design and rapid establishment of amphibian communities (2021)
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O'Brien, D., Hall, J. E., Miro, A., O'Brien, K., & Jehle, R. (2021). A co‐development approach to conservation leads to informed habitat design and rapid establishment of amphibian communities. Ecological Solutions and Evidence, 2(1), e12038. https://doi.org/10.1002/2688-8319.12038

Abstract1. Effective wildlife restoration is a critical requirement of many conservation actions. The outcome of conservation interventions can be optimized through knowledge of species’ habitat requirements, but few studies consider the impact of us... Read More about A co‐development approach to conservation leads to informed habitat design and rapid establishment of amphibian communities.

Habitat and population structure of the Morelet’s crocodile (Crocodylus moreletii) in Calakmul Biosphere Reserve, Campeche, Mexico (2021)
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Barão-Nóbrega, J. Habitat and population structure of the Morelet’s crocodile (Crocodylus moreletii) in Calakmul Biosphere Reserve, Campeche, Mexico. (Thesis). University of Salford

The Yucatan Peninsula (YP) is one of the most recognizable parts of Mexico and is well known as one of the significant areas in Mesoamerica which supported the Mayan civilization. In the southern portion of the Peninsula, natural aquatic habitats occ... Read More about Habitat and population structure of the Morelet’s crocodile (Crocodylus moreletii) in Calakmul Biosphere Reserve, Campeche, Mexico.

The influence of environmental variation on the genetic structure of a poison frog distributed across continuous Amazonian rainforest (2020)
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Ferreira, A., Lima, A., Jehle, R., Ferrao, M., & Stow, A. (2020). The influence of environmental variation on the genetic structure of a poison frog distributed across continuous Amazonian rainforest. Journal of Heredity, 111(5), 457-470. https://doi.org/10.1093/jhered/esaa034

Biogeographic barriers such as rivers have been shown to shape spatial patterns of biodiversity in the Amazon basin, yet relatively little is known about the distribution of genetic variation across continuous rainforest. Here, we characterize the ge... Read More about The influence of environmental variation on the genetic structure of a poison frog distributed across continuous Amazonian rainforest.

Elucidating cryptic diversity in East African frogs : the case of Arthroleptis francei Loveridge, 1953 (2020)
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Woest, N. Elucidating cryptic diversity in East African frogs : the case of Arthroleptis francei Loveridge, 1953. (Dissertation). University of Salford

Detailed information on the diversity of species and their distributions is crucial for the implementation of useful conservation measures. Here, I focus on the Afromontane region of Malawi and Mozambique, and use molecular techniques, environmental... Read More about Elucidating cryptic diversity in East African frogs : the case of Arthroleptis francei Loveridge, 1953.

Disease reservoirs threaten the recently rediscovered Podocarpus Stubfoot Toad (Atelopus podocarpus) (2020)
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Podocarpus Stubfoot Toad (Atelopus podocarpus). Amphibian & reptile conservation, 14(2), 157-164

The Andes have experienced an unprecedented wave of amphibian declines and extinctions that are linked to a combination of habitat reduction and the spread of the fungal pathogen, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd). In the present study, a range o... Read More about Disease reservoirs threaten the recently rediscovered Podocarpus Stubfoot Toad (Atelopus podocarpus).

Stable species boundaries despite ten million years of hybridisation in tropical eels (2020)
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Barth, J., Gubili, C., Matschiner, M., Torresen, O., Watanabe, S., Egger, B., …Schabetsberger, R. (2020). Stable species boundaries despite ten million years of hybridisation in tropical eels. Nature communications, 11, 1433. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-020-15099-x

Genomic evidence is increasingly underpinning that hybridization between taxa is commonplace, challenging our views on the mechanisms that maintain their boundaries. Here, we focus on seven catadromous eel species (genus Anguilla) and use genome-wide... Read More about Stable species boundaries despite ten million years of hybridisation in tropical eels.