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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25-27 April 2023: ANNOUNCEMENT

The 2nd Annual Consortium Meeting will be held at Collegium Civitas, Warsaw, PL, 25-27 April 2023.
Save the date!   
More details coming soon.

21 March 2023: Melina Werner presents her Master project at TBG Lab meeting

Melina presented the context, hypotheses, predictions and methods of her Master project aiming at comparing different methods of sampling for developing a standard was to assess biodiversity in small freshwater bodies based on eDNA.

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20 March 2023: LIVE-ENGEES field day on the Woerr site

Dr Corinne Grac, PhD-candidate Kari-Anne van der Zon and Master student Marion Schaffner have been prospecting Woerr study site for monitoring plants and calico crayfish nests at the onset of spring.

27 Feb-10 March 2023: Visiting crayfish experts in University of Eastern Finnland, Kuopio, Finnland 🇫🇮

Kathrin Theissinger and JYGeorges visited Harri Kokko (molecular biologist, Dept of Environmental and Biological Sciences) and Dr Japo Jussila (environmental scientist, King of the Seven Crayfish Realms) for discussing state-of-the-art methods, pitfalls and drawbacks in capture-mark-recapture-ing crayfish and visiting laboratory facilities where major experiments on crayfish plague were held by Theissinger et al.

27-28 February 2023: First trials of calico crayfish trapping

Cold temperatures obliged the team to postpone the first calico crayfish trapping session. Yet it permitted Jeanne Bosson, Sylvia Pardonnet and Gildas Lemonnier to assess the high vegetation cover of the German ponds newly added in the study area and to observe frog’s eggs and proof of crayfish consumption by land predators.

One day later, Kari-Anne van der Zon observed a fully gravid calico crayfish: one proof of the extremely high invasive potential of this species.

Crayfish monitoring is scheduled every 2 weeks. Next trial soon then.

27 February 2023: 🎂 Happy birthday Jeanne! 🦞

Jeanne is running her Master project on the « Ecological evaluation of adaptive anti-crayfish management of an experimental pond by demographic and spatial monitoring of Faxonius immunis » on the DE+FR study site.

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🇺🇦 24 February 2023 🇺🇦

Emys-R owe much to scientists from Ukraine! 

At this exact date of 24th February 2023, Dr Oksana NEKRASOVA and newly awarded Dr Oleksii MARUSHCHAK wrote FOUR of the SIX publications of the Emys-R project! 

🇺🇦 Слава нашим героям! 🇺🇦

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🎗️ Latest Publications 

🇺🇦 Pupins M, Nekrasova O, Tytar V, Garkajs A, Petrovs I, Morozova A, Theissinger K, Čeirāns A, Škute A, Georges JY (2023) Geographically isolated wetlands as a reserve for the conservation of amphibian biodiversity at the edge of their range. Diversity 2023, 15(3), 461. https://doi.org/10.3390/d15030461 (pdf)

Philippot V, Georges JY (2023) Reintroducing a forgotten species in an area neglected by the public: the case of the European Pond Turtle in Alsace (northeastern France). Natures Sciences Sociétés – in French – 

🇺🇦 Nekrasova O, Marushchak O (2023) Records of common species of amphibians and reptiles widespread in northern, central, western and southern Ukraine. Biodiversity Data Journal 11: e99036. https://doi: 10.3897/BDJ.11.e99036 (pdf)

🇺🇦 Pupins M, Nekrasova O, Marushchak O, Tytar V, Theissinger K, Čeirāns A, Škute A, Georges JY (2023) Potential threat of an invasive fish species for two native newts inhabiting wetlands of Europe vulnerable to climate change. Diversity 2023, 15(2), 201. https://doi.org/10.3390/d15020201 (pdf)

Quintard B, Georges JY (2022) Veterinary management of European pond turtle reintroductions. Fowler’s Zoo and Wild Animal Medicine Current Therapy, Vol. 10, Chapter 67: 451-457 (pdf)

Meinard Y, Dereniowska M, Glatron S, Maris V, Philippot V, Georges JY (2022) A heuristic for innovative invasive species management actions and strategies. Ecology and Society 27(4): 24. https://doi.org/10.5751/ES-13615-270424 (pdf)

🇺🇦 Nekrasova O, Tytar V, Pupins M, Čeirāns A (2022) Range expansion of the alien red-eared slider Trachemys scripta (Thunberg in Schoepff, 1792) (Reptilia, Testudines) in Eastern Europe, with special reference to Latvia and Ukraine. BioInvasions Records 11(1): 287–295. https://doi.org/10.3391/bir.2022.11.1.29 (pdf)

🇺🇦 Nekrasova O, Marushchak O, Pupins M, Tytar V, Georges JY, Theissinger K, Čeirāns A, Škute A (2022) Modeling the Influence of Invasive Fish Species Perccottus glenii (Dybowski, 1877) on the Distribution of Newts in Eastern Europe, Exemplified by Lissotriton vulgaris (Linnaeus, 1758) and Preserved Triturus cristatus (Laurenti, 1768), Using a GIS Approach. Biology and life science forum 2022, 2. (pdf)

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 für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF, Germany), State Education Development Agency (VIAA, Latvia), and National Science Center (NSC, Poland).