Emys-R

A socio-ecological evaluation of wetlands restoration in favour of the European pond turtle Emys reintroduction and associated biodiversity: a pan-European approach

Emys-R is a 3-year participatory action-oriented research project aiming at defining the most effective, socially supported, ecologial methods to restore wetlands in favour of the European pond turtle reintroduction, and associated biodiversity throughout Europe.

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LAST NEWS: Emys-R woman power on the move! 

Project Manager Dr PD Kathrin Theissinger joined her new lab at Justus Liebig University Giessen

Dr Oksana Nekrasova successfully awarded by ANR for an extended PAUSE grant

22 Feb 2024: New public outreach 

In the last issue of Responsible Herpetoculture Journal, Dr Oleksii Marushchak and colleagues published a rationale about bilateral benefits for herpetology and herpetoculture experts in sharing knowledge and practices for best species conservation. 

Marushchak O, Nekrasova O, Pupins M, Georges JY (2024) Herpetology and herpetoculture: the bridge between. Responsible Herpetoculture Journal 13: 6-12 (pdf)

More about the Responsible Herpetoculture Foundation

20 Feb 2024: Project Manager Dr PD Kathrin Theissinger joined her new lab at Justus Liebig University Giessen

Project Manager Dr PD Kathrin Theissinger joined her new lab at Justus Liebig University Giessen, where she starts her prestigious DFG Heisenberg Program funded GroupLeader position on Key factors shaping interactions between freshwater crayfish and their invasive diseasePlease note her new contact details and affiliations on her page

20 Feb 2024: Dr Oksana Nekrasova awarded by ANR for an extended PAUSE grant

Our colleague Dr Oksana Nekrasova from Ukraine has been successfully awarded for an extension of her PAUSE grant by ANR. This will permit her to maintain her research in a safer place at IPHC, Strasbourg, while extending her activities  through new research projects under her leadership. 

19 Feb 2024: New adaptive pond in the making on Woerr study site

LIVE, ENGEES and land manager CeA started some hard work on the French study site, under Pr Isabelle Combroux and Dr Corinne Grac scientific supervision, for creating a new adaptive pond with experimental compartments for testing original designs aiming at preventing the spread of invasive crayfish. 

16 Feb 2024: 30′ film on ARTE-Regards!  

“The return of the turtles and the beavers / Die Retter von Biber und Sumpfschildkröte”, a film by Susanne Roser, produced by Bayerischer Rundfunk (2024), now available both French and German versions on ARTE-RE e-library! 

Enjoy the show and share! 

15 Feb 2024: Field visit with new stakeholder

Land manager Lydia Razafindralay (CeA) and Project leader Jean-Yves Georges met a new stakeholder, Gilbert, hunter and trapper. All partners will contribute to an emerging field study to assess habitat use, biometry and diet (for a start) of this alien species that recently settled on the Woerr and is a major preedator for most local species including the Emys. 

In add, nice sightings of beavers and some Emys that already benefit from mild weather… summer is coming! 

14 Feb 2024: Dr Oksana Nekrasova granted by GARD24 for the 10th World Congress of Herpetology

Dr Oksana Nekrasova received a GARD24 travel grant for attending the 10th World Congress of Herpetology, Borneo, 5-9 August 2024, where she will present a joint contribution  Nekrasova et al. entitled Unveiling Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis distribution in Europe: Identifying threats and potential refuges for amphibians. 

Read abstract here

4 Feb 2024: Woerr topography measurements

Jean-Yves Georges and Komlan Toudji (just back from Togo) measured the topography of an existing trench between the acclimatization ponds and the gravel pond. This is part of the (hopefully) forthcoming Emys-Disperse project, that aims at creating a permanently watered dispersion channel between the two most resilient water bodies of the Woerr site for facilitating the seasonal forth-and-back movements of Emys while limiting predation by terrestrial predators and preventing settlement of burrowing invasive calico crayfish. 

2 Feb 2024: World Wetlands Day
In our way, Emys-R is emphasizing the crucial role of wetlands for prosperity of all forms of life on a healthy planet, our pale blue dot. 
 
The most recent contribution of Emys-R to WWD2024 is our massive success at the World Biodiversity Forum, Davos, Switzerland, 16-21 June 2024: 10 contributions accepted, 7 as oral presentations and 3 as posters. 
 
This is massive! Impressive!! Stunning!!! … specially when considering the WBF as one of the, _if not the_ largest event centered on biodiversity at large. 
 
This is the evidence that mixing people from different horizons is the key of a better common future. 
 
Special congratulations and highlights to our bright EmyStars and EmySparkles who had the most relevant and convincing arguments for making it real: Caro Eichert, Patrycja Romaniuk and Johannes Meka will talk about their PhD project, and Melina Werner will do so for her Master project. Bravo! 
 
Read abstracts here

16 Jan 2024: First publication of the year! 

Dr Oleksii Marushchak signed as first author a stunning data paper revealing massive helminth diversity in common amphibians and reptiles, including the Emys, based on very uncommon field monitoring conditions and even more incredible overall conditions in Ukraine. 

Marushchak O, Syrota Y, Dmytrieva I, Kuzmin Y, Nechai A, Lisitsyna O, Svitin R (2024) Helminths found in common species of the herpetofauna in Ukraine. Biodiversity Data Journal 12: e113770. https://doi.org/10.3897/BDJ.12.e113770 (pdf)

16 Jan 2024: Biodiversa+ Mid Term Review Meeting

As one of the 22 projects funded by the Biodiversa+ & Water JPI joint call, Emys-R mid-term achievements were presented at the review meeting by Project leader (screenshots by Kathrin Theissinger). 

8 Jan 2024: Welcome Fanny Kuttler! 

Fanny joined IPHC for running her Master research project entitled Habitat use and reproduction strategies of populations of European pond turtle (Emys orbicularis) in contrasted environmental conditions.

More here

01 Jan 2024: Some traffic-jam on the Emys-R website

More than 15.000 unique visitors clicked on the Emys-R website last year! 

18 Dec 2023: Emys-R highlighted in the worldwide spread Responsible Herpetoculture Journal Issue#12 

In the last 2023 issue of the Responsible Herpetoculture Journal, Project Leaders Dr Jean-Yves Georges and Kathrin Theissinger presented the origins, rationale, goals and first outcomes of the Emys-R project, with a special focus on the contributions from our EmyStars and other EmySparkles. 

Many thanks to our dedicated Editor Dr Oleksii Marushchak! 

Read the article here

More about the Responsible Herpetoculture Foundation here

12 Dec 2023: WP1 and WP2 joined effort in genomics lab

PhD candidates Kari-Anne van der Zon (WP1) and Johannes Meka (WP2) share their efforts for processing samples collected in the 3 study sites of the project. 

1 Dec 2023: Emys-R highlighted in Senckenberg Newsletters

In the last 2023 issue of Senckenberg Newsletters « Nature Forschung Museum », Project Leaders Dr Jean-Yves Georges and Prof-in-the-making Kathrin Theissinger (see News on 10 Nov 2023) presented the origins, rationale, goals and first outcomes of the Emys-R project, with a special focus on the contributions from our EmyStars and other EmySparkles. 

Read more here

Emys-R is funded through the 2020-2021 Biodiversa & Water JPI joint call for research proposals, under the BiodivRestore ERA-Net COFUND programme, and with the funding organisations Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR, France), Bundesministerium fĂĽr Bildung und Forschung (BMBF, Germany), State Education Development Agency (VIAA, Latvia), and National Science Center (NSC, Poland).