Determinants and consequences of dispersal in vertebrates with complex life cycles: a review of pond-breeding amphibians

Authors: Hugo Cayuela; Andrés Valenzuela-Sánchez; L Teulier; Iñigo Martinez-Solano; Jean-Paul Lena; J Merila; Erin L Muths; Richard Shine; L Quay; M Denoel; Jean Clobert; Benedikt R Schmidt
Contribution Number: 755


Dispersal is a central process in ecology and evolution. It strongly influences the dynamics of spatially structured populations and affects evolutionary processes by shaping patterns of gene flow. For these reasons, dispersal has received considerable attention from ecologists, evolutionary biologists, and conservationists. However, although it has been studied extensively in taxa such as birds and mammals, much less is known about dispersal in vertebrates with complex life cycles such as pond-breeding amphibians. Over the past two decades researchers have taken an ever-increasing interest in amphibian dispersal and initiated both fundamental and applied studies, using a broad range of experimental and observational approaches. This body of research reveals complex dispersal patterns, causations and syndromes, with dramatic consequences for the demography, genetic, and the conservation of amphibian populations. In this review, our goals are to (1) redefine and clarify the concept of amphibian dispersal, (2) review current knowledge about the effects of individual (i.e., condition-dependent dispersal) and environmental (i.e., context-dependent dispersal) factors during the three stages of dispersal (i.e., emigration, immigration, transience), (3) identify the demographic and genetic consequences of dispersal in spatially structured amphibian populations, and (4) propose new research avenues to extend our understanding of amphibian dispersal.

Publication details
Published Date: 2020-02
Outlet/Publisher: The Quarterly Review of Biology
Media Format: .PDF

ARMI Organizational Units:
Rocky Mountains, Southern - Biology
Species and their Ecology
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