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