Amaël Borzée

Amaël Borzée
Nanjing Forestry University · College of Biology and the Environment

PhD

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Introduction
I’m leading the Laboratory of Animal Behaviour and Conservation, where we focus on a broad range of species and systems. Projects were so far focused on the behavioural ecology and conservation of amphibians in East Asia (with a personal preference for treefrogs), but this is changing and you are welcome to inquire, maintaining a focus on northeast Asia. I am also Deputy Chair for the IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group, and board member of the Society for Conservation Biology - Asia section.
Additional affiliations
September 2019 - present
Nanjing Forestry University
Position
  • Professor (Full)
March 2018 - August 2019
Ewha Womans University
Position
  • PostDoc Position
March 2015 - February 2018
Ewha Womans University
Position
  • PhD Student
Education
September 2013 - February 2018
Seoul National University
Field of study
  • Behavioural Ecology and Conservation
August 2009 - February 2011
University of Lausanne
Field of study
  • Animal Behaviour, Evolution and Conservation
September 2008 - July 2009
Bangor University
Field of study
  • Zoology

Publications

Publications (246)
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Although the populations of many species in the Republic of Korea have declined, fewer species have gone extinct than in other similarly developed countries (1, 2). The relative success of Korea’s wildlife provides an opportunity for conservation. However, the country must act quickly; environmental exploitation, absence of protected areas in the r...
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Zoonosis-based epidemics are inevitable unless we revisit our relationship with the natural world, protect habitats and regulate wildlife trade, including live animals and non-sustenance products. To prevent future zoonoses, governments must establish effective legislation addressing wildlife trade, protection of habitats and reduction of the wildl...
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Emerging infectious diseases are on the rise in many different taxa, including, among others, the amphibian batrachochytrids, the snake fungal disease and the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) virus, responsible for Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in mammals. Following the onset of the pandemic linked to COVID-19, eas...
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Human activities are driving many species to the brink of extinction, and the current distribution of protected areas only weakly alleviates pressure on threatened species. This discrepancy reflects the presence of protected areas on lands available instead of the ecological, evolutionary, or conservation values of species present. Habitat loss con...
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Taxa with vast distribution ranges often display unresolved phylogeographic structures and unclear taxonomic boundaries resulting into hidden diversity. This hypothesis-driven study reveals the evolutionary history of Bufonidae, covering the phylogeographic patterns found in Holarctic bufonids from the West Gondwana to the phylogenetic taxonomy of...
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Landscape changes resulting from human activities have resulted in range restrictions and substantial reductions in population sizes of most animals. The construction of hydroelectric dams has the same effect on species, but the study of their impact on semi-aquatic megafauna species is limited. We examined the response of a Hippopotamus amphibius...
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Biofluorescence has come to general public attention over the last decade with the industrial production of “black lights”. While numerous reports on biofluorescence have become available for some groups of species such as invertebrates, birds, amphibians, and reptiles, there are fewer reports on fluorescence in mammals. So far, ultraviolet fluores...
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Biodiversity is declining worldwide with habitat loss and climate change being among the main threats. While it is easy to quantify habitat loss, the impacts of climate change are less obvious. It is therefore important to understand species habitat use and breeding phenology before a significant shift results in the loss of knowledge. Here, we det...
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Understanding the drivers of community assembly process is of great importance for better conservation outcomes; and the main mechanisms include competitive exclusion, environmental filtering and neutral assembly. While mechanisms of assembly processes for vertebrates living in natural habitats have been well studied, their urban counterparts encou...
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Aim: Global warming and deforestation are pushing species closer to their physiological limit, especially for species with habitat-restricted life stages because sunlit areas have higher maximum temperatures. Here, we examined the critical thermal maximum (CT max), and maximum environmental water temperature (T max) of larvae from 29 anuran species...
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Although thermal tolerance along geographical gradients gives an insight into species’ response to climate change, current studies on thermal tolerance are strongly skewed towards global-scale patterns. As a result, intraspecific variations are often assumed to be constant, despite the lack of evidence. To understand population specific’ response t...
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Poster presented at the Student Conference in Conservation Science - New York (SCCS-NY).
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Bufotes pewzowi occurs in central Asia, including China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, and Uzbekistan (Stöck et al. 2015. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2015:e.T161757A74503748). In China, B. pewzowi is widespread in Xinjiang, where it is found in dry steppes and semi-deserts (Amphibia China 2022. http://www.amphibiachina.org/; 20 Jan...
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Reclamation of tidal flats is implicated in the declines of a large number of migratory waterbird species along the East Asia-Australasian Flyway, and has resulted in the assessment of Yellow Sea tidal flats as an Endangered habitat by the IUCN. Created in their present form by large-scale reclamation, the Hwaseong Wetlands on the Yellow Sea coast...
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Threatened species with restricted ranges are at risk from habitat fragmentation and loss, which amplifies genetic bottleneck and impacts of small changes to their environments. Ecological models including population viability analyses (PVAs) can predict the trajectory of populations in a way that is not invasive or detrimental to the study species...
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Landscape structures drive biogeographic patterns and population connectivity of animals distributed across diverse biotopes. Here, we provide a fresh insight on the impact of five landscape types in East Asia on the phylogeography and acoustic variability of the widespread Mongolian Toad, Strauchbufo raddei. For the first time, we reconstructed th...
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Roadkills are a major threat to the wildlife in human-modified landscapes. Due to their ecology, relatively small size, and slow movement, amphibians and reptiles are particularly prone to roadkill. While standardized roadkill surveys provide valuable data for regional roadkill trends, such surveys are often resource-intensive and have limited geog...
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For wildlife to be protected, it must first be known, as species that are not yet formally described are not the target of conservation attention, independently of threat levels. While habitat degradation has consistently increased across the last decades in the Republic of Korea, taxonomic and conservation efforts are lagging. For instance, a clad...
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The unregulated wildlife trade increases the risk of global biological invasions and, therefore, accurate taxonomic assignments and origin-tracing methods are critical. First, using a meta-analysis comparing studies from the last 10 years, we quantified the efficiency of popular analytical methods used for species assignments and confirmed the high...
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Species distribution models (SDMs) across past, present, and future timelines provide insights into the current distribution of these species and their reaction to climate change. Specifically, if a species is threatened or not well‐known, the information may be critical to understand that species. In this study, we computed SDMs for Orientocoluber...
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A known haven of amphibian diversity, South Asia is also a hotspot of taxonomic confusions. Vastly distributed from Saudi Arabia to Myanmar, the dicroglossid genus Euphlyctis (“skittering” or “skipper” frogs) is a representative example. Combining phylogenetic analyses with 16S barcoding and genome size variation of 403 frogs from 136 localities, w...
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The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, has devastated every sphere of human society. Governments around the world implemented unprecedented policies designed to slow the spread of the disease and assistance to cope with its impacts. Such policies, however, are short-term and deba...
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FEJERVARYA ORISSAENSIS (Orissa Frog): INDIA: UTTARAKHAND: Dehradun (30.293876°N 77.974324°E; WGS 84), 602 m elev. 20 September 2020. Vishal Kumar Prasad. Verified by K. P. Dinesh. Zoological Reference Collection, Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, National University of Singapore [ZRC(IMG) 1.2356]; photo voucher). New “State” record, extending...
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Global warming is the main cause for the rise of both global temperatures and sea-level, both major variables threatening biodiversity. Rising temperatures threaten to breach the thermal limits of organisms while rising sea-level threatens the osmotic balance of coastal animals through habitat salinization. However, variations in thermal tolerance...
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Background: Most amphibians use a repertoire of acoustic signals to propagate signals in social contexts. The description of these repertoires provides a key towards the understanding of the behaviour of individuals and the evolutionary functions of calls. Here, we assessed the variations in advertisement calls within and between two fossorial symp...
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Amphibians are the most threatened vertebrate group on earth, and one of the reasons for their decline is habitat loss. While some populations have persisted in agricultural wetlands such as rice paddies, the current anthropisation of landscapes is dealing a new blow to the survival of these species. In rice paddies, the new threats are especially...
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Populations of the Black-faced spoonbill (Platalea minor) declined importantly until the 1990’s, before a slow but consistent increase in population size in response to successful conservation efforts. Specific sites have been specifically designed to be adequate breeding areas for the species, and these land-based locations are successfully used....
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Knowledge of biodiversity before species become extinct is paramount to conservation, especially when the relevant species are far from their expected distribution and, thus, likely overlooked. Here, we describe a new Kurixalus species corresponding to a range extension of Kurixalus on the Asian mainland, with the closest population in Taiwan. The...
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Latitudinal variations in species niche due to factors such as phenotypic plasticity and local adaptation pose fundamental problems for ecological niche modelling at large geographic scales. Species adaptation to varying climates across latitudes thus necessitates the latitudinal adjustment of climatic variables for incorporation into more accurate...
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Species biodiversity organises along elevational trends, generally expected to decrease with increasing elevation. This pattern is regulated by numerous factors, although principally overridden by temperature in ectotherms such as amphibians. Here, we collated elevation data (n = 55182) collected between 1909 and 2020. We then determined elevation...
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Global changes may direct species expansion away from their current range. When such an expansion occurs, and the species colonizes a new region, it is important to monitor the habitat used by the species and utilize the information to updated management strategies. Water deer ( Hydropotes inermis ) is listed as Vulnerable species in IUCN Red List...
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Species diversity, abundance and distribution relate to habitat preferences at multiple geographic and ecological scales. In this study, we aimed to understand the breeding ecology of five sympatric amphibians in the Republic of Korea – four anurans (Bufo sachalinensis, Rana uenoi, Rana coreana, Rana huanrenensis) and one caudata (Hynobius sp.) – b...
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Understanding species distribution is the first requirement to work on their behaviour, conservation, and phylogeography. Over the last decades, the number of species described on the Korean peninsula has significantly increased, but areas around the boundaries of the Korean peninsula still have to be surveyed for the presence of these species, esp...
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Reintroductions of large carnivore species present unique opportunities to model population dynamics as populations can be monitored from the beginning of the reintroduction. However, studies analysing population dynamics of such reintroduced populations are rare and may be limited in matching the complex movements and environmental interactions in...
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The development of microsatellite markers to uncover cryptic diversity of conspecific and heterospecific species in their ranges is crucial for the management and conservation of genetic resources. In this context, the goldstriped pond frog (Pelophylax plancyi) shows patterns of phenotypic variation throughout its range. Hybridization with other sy...
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We report the first confirmed sighting of a globally Vulnerable Velvet Scoter, Melanitta fusca (Linnaeus, 1758) (Anatidae, Anseriformes) from Yeongil Bay in Pohang in the Republic of Korea. Based on the review of the literature and published checklists of two separate databases (Birds Korea and eBird), we consider this to be the first record of M....
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Fluorescence is a poorly documented phenomenon in vertebrates and has been suggested to play several biological roles. With increased study, the number of species in which biofluorescence has been identified is increasing steadily. We conducted a UV light survey for biofluorescence in the herpetofauna in Lawachara National Park, Bangladesh and foun...
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Global changes may direct species expansion away from their current range. When such an expansion occurs, and a species colonizes a new region, it is important to monitor the habitat used by the species and use the information for updated management strategies. Water deer is listed as Vulnerable species in IUCN Red List and restricted to east centr...
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Ecological niche modeling is a tool used to determine current potential species’ distribution or habitat suitability models which can then be used to project suitable areas in time. Projections of suitability into past climates can identify locations of climate refugia, or areas with high climatic stability likely to contain the highest levels of g...
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Invasive species have a significant negative impact on the environment where they have been introduced, and amphibians are among some of worse invasives . All known amphibian introductions are linked to human activities, generally in relation with pest control or food provisioning. This is the case of all amphibians on Ulleung Island, Republic of K...
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Old World tree frogs from the family Rhacophoridae, one of the most species-rich groups of amphibians worldwide, are becoming a model in ecological and evolutionary research, notably for their tremendous diversity of breeding systems. In this study, we provide the most comprehensive temporally and spatially explicit phylogeographical framework for...
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The presence of amphibian larvae is restricted by both biotic and abiotic variables of the environment. Some of these variables are still undetermined in the septentrional eastern palearctic where Rana amurensis, Strauchbufo raddei and Dryophytes japonicus are found in large numbers. In this study we sampled 92 sites across Mongolia, Russia and the...
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Latitudinal gradient and climate variations trigger adaptive radiation in anurans, and resulted in ecological trait divergence between species. We demonstrate that traits related to latitudinal trends in range size in the genus Rana drove the adaptation of subarctic R. amurensis to overwintering. We integrated phylogenetic comparative methods and p...
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Rana uenoi, a common brown frog inhabiting South Korea and the Japanese Tsushima Island, has a long history of taxonomic discussion. Although R. uenoi was described in 2014 as being distinct from R. dybowskii, the taxonomic status and distribution of the South Korean clade of R. uenoi has remained uncertain, particularly with respect to the related...
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Biological invasions are recognized as one of the global problems accompanying the development of human civilization. The red-eared slider, Trachemys scripta elegans, originates from North America. This freshwater terrapin is one of the most popular pet reptiles in Eurasia. Young red-eared slider individuals are small and brightly colored, making t...
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The wildlife trade increases the risk of global biological invasions and accurate species assignment is critical. Here, using cross-study comparisons, we quantified the efficiency of species assignment methods and confirmed the higher sensitivity of coalescent-based methods in isolating cryptic operational taxonomic units (OTUs). We then provided a...
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Reptiles contribute to the global process of biological invasions, one of the problems accompanying the development of human civilization. The red-eared slider, Trachemys scripta elegans is one of the most popular pet reptiles in the world. Uncontrolled releases of this animal into outdoor water bodies represents a conservational issue. We combined...
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Interspecific amplexus between Polypedates leucomystax and Rhacophorus reinwardtii in Java, Indonesia, with a male R. reinwardtii amplexing a female P. leucomystax.
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Climate change is one of the major threats to global amphibian diversity, and consequently the species distribution is expected to shift considerably in the future. Therefore, predicting such shifts is important to guide conservation and management plans. Here, we used eight independent environmental variables and four representative concentration...
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Biodiversity in the Middle and Lower Yangtze Floodplain has critically decreased during the last several decades, driven by numerous determinants. Hence, identification of primary drivers of animal population decline is a priority for conservation. Analyzing long time-series data is a powerful way to assess drivers of declines, but the data are oft...
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Climate change is one of the major threats to global amphibian diversity, and consequently the species distribution is expected to shift considerably in the future. Therefore, predicting such shifts is important to guide conservation and management plans. Here, we used eight independent environmental variables and four representative concentration...
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Amphibians are more threatened than any other vertebrate group, with 41% of species on the verge of extinction. In addition, agricultural intensification has led to a rapid decline in anuran biodiversity worldwide. Environmental differences generate stresses that can lead to changes in morphology and nutrition of organisms. In China, anuran biodive...
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The pandemic resulting from COVID-19 infections had short-term positive impacts on the environment such as improvement in air and water quality. However, long term changes still have disastrous effects in terms of loosening of conservation policies and an increase in “post-COVID-19” development subsidies to boost the economy at the expense of the e...
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Determining the range, status, ecology and behaviour of species from areas where surveys and samplings are uncommon or difficult to conduct is a challenge, such as in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPR Korea). Here we used genetic samples, field surveys, call recordings, photographic identification and literature review to estimate the...
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Snakebite envenomings remain a neglected disease across the globe causing severe injuries and death. An understanding of regional snakebite patterns is a necessary prerequisite for public health programs aimed at reducing snakebite risks. However, such regional knowledge is poorly documented or lacking in many countries where the risk of snakebite...
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This publication reports the first documented record of heterospecific amplexus between Pelophylax plancyi and P. nigromaculatus from Nanjing, China. Herpetology Notes, volume 14: 773-774 (2021) (published online on 16 May 2021)
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The phylogeography of the Kaloula genus in East Asia is still poorly understood. One of the difficulties is the absence of fossils to corroborate molecular dating estimates. Here, we examined the mitochondrial structure of Kaloula spp. in East Asia and focused on the impact of glaciations on the northernmost species: Kaloula borealis. We determined...
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Natural history note on Gloydius ussuriensis feeding on a rodent Craseomys regulus in the Republic of Korea. Published in Herpetological Review vol. 52, pages 157 - 158.
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It is important to understand the dynamics of population size to accurately assess threats and implement conservation activities when required. However, inaccurate estimates are harming both the threat estimation process, and the resulting conservation actions. Here, we address the extinction threats to Scincella huanrenensis, a species described i...
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Supplementary material accompanying the article "How Threatened is Scincella huanrenensis? An Update on Threats and Trends"