Riding the Wave: Reconciling the Roles of Disease and Climate Change in Amphibian Declines

  title={Riding the Wave: Reconciling the Roles of Disease and Climate Change in Amphibian Declines},
  author={Karen R Lips and Jay E. Diffendorfer and Joseph Mendelson and Michael W Sears},
  journal={PLoS Biology},
  pages={1783 - 1786}
We review the evidence for the role of climate change in triggering disease outbreaks of chytridiomycosis, an emerging infectious disease of amphibians. Both climatic anomalies and disease-related extirpations are recent phenomena, and effects of both are especially noticeable at high elevations in tropical areas, making it difficult to determine whether they are operating separately or synergistically. We compiled reports of amphibian declines from Lower Central America and Andean South… CONTINUE READING
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