Comparing methods to estimate population size in natural populations

In my bachelor thesis I studied a natural population of natterjack toads (Epidalea calamita) in the natural reserve Wallnau on the island Fehmarn, Germany.

We tested different methods to estimate population size: a mark-recapture approach using implanted transponders as well as belly pattern recognition for individual identification. In a second approach we used standardized tapings of vocal males calling and counting of visible individuals.

The results of the thesis are published at Laurenti “Zeitschrift für Feldherpetologie”