Uses of GBIF in scientific research

Peer-reviewed research citing GBIF as a data source, with at least one author from Serbia.
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List of publications

  • Smeraldo S, Di Febbraro M, Ćirović D, Bosso L, Trbojević I, Russo D (2017)

    Species distribution models as a tool to predict range expansion after reintroduction: A case study on Eurasian beavers (Castor fiber)

    Journal for Nature Conservation.

    Species Distribution Models (SDMs) may provide important information for the follow-up phase of reintroduction operations by identifying the main areas most likely to be colonized by the reintroduced species. We used SDMs to identify the potential distribution of Eurasian beavers (Castor fiber) reintroduced to Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2004–2006 after being historically driven to extinction by overhunting. Models were also used to carry out a gap analysis to assess the degree of protection granted by the national reserve networks to the potentially expanding population. Distances from hydrographic network, broadleaved forest, main watercourses and farmland were the main factors influencing model performance. We estimated that suitable habitat covers 14.0% (31,000 km2) of the whole study area. In Serbia, in 2004–2013 beavers expanded their range at a mean colonization speed of 70.9 ± 12.8 km/year (mean ± SD). Only 2.89% of and 9.72% of beaver’s suitable habitat lie within the national network of protected areas of Bosnia and Serbia respectively. We detected new potential areas where beavers will likely settle in the near future, advising on where further monitoring should be focused. We also identified low suitability areas to be targeted with appropriate management to improve their conditions as well as important regions falling outside reserve boundaries where protection should be granted.

    Keywords: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Conservation gap analyses, Habitat suitability, Riparian habitats, Serbia


  • Schleuning M, Fründ J, Schweiger O, Welk E, Albrecht J, Albrecht M et al. (2016)

    Ecological networks are more sensitive to plant than to animal extinction under climate change

    Nature Communications 7 13965.

    Impacts of climate change on individual species are increasingly well documented, but we lack understanding of how these effects propagate through ecological communities. Here we combine species distribution models with ecological network analyses to test potential impacts of climate change on >700 plant and animal species in pollination and seed-dispersal networks from central Europe. We discover that animal species that interact with a low diversity of plant species have narrow climatic niches and are most vulnerable to climate change. In contrast, biotic specialization of plants is not related to climatic niche breadth and vulnerability. A simulation model incorporating different scenarios of species coextinction and capacities for partner switches shows that projected plant extinctions under climate change are more likely to trigger animal coextinctions than vice versa. This result demonstrates that impacts of climate change on biodiversity can be amplified via extinction cascades from plants to animals in ecological networks.

    Keywords: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Conservation gap analyses, Habitat suitability, Riparian habitats, Serbia


  • Creemers R, Denoël M, Campos J, Vences M, Crochet P, Gonçalves J et al. (2014)

    Updated distribution and biogeography of amphibians and reptiles of Europe

    Amphibia-Reptilia 35(1) 1-31.

    A precise knowledge of the spatial distribution of taxa is essential for decision-making processes in land management and biodiversity conservation, both for present and under future global change scenarios. This is a key base for several scientific disciplines (e.g. macro-ecology, biogeography, evolutionary biology, spatial planning, or environmental impact assessment) that rely on species distribution maps. An atlas summarizing the distribution of European amphibians and reptiles with 50 × 50 km resolution maps based on ca. 85 000 grid records was published by the Societas Europaea Herpetologica (SEH) in 1997. Since then, more detailed species distribution maps covering large parts of Europe became available, while taxonomic progress has led to a plethora of taxonomic changes including new species descriptions. To account for these progresses, we compiled information from different data sources: published in books and websites, ongoing national atlases, personal data kindly provided to the SEH, the 1997 European Atlas, and the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF). Databases were homogenised, deleting all information except species names and coordinates, projected to the same coordinate system (WGS84) and transformed into a 50 × 50 km grid. The newly compiled database comprises more than 384 000 grid and locality records distributed across 40 countries. We calculated species richness maps as well as maps of Corrected Weighted Endemism and defined species distribution types (i.e. groups of species with similar distribution patterns) by hierarchical cluster analysis using Jaccard’s index as association measure. Our analysis serves as a preliminary step towards an interactive, dynamic and online distributed database system (NA2RE system) of the current spatial distribution of European amphibians and reptiles. The NA2RE system will serve as well to monitor potential temporal changes in their distributions. Grid maps of all species are made available along with this paper as a tool for decision-making and conservation-related studies and actions. We also identify taxonomic and geographic gaps of knowledge that need to be filled, and we highlight the need to add temporal and altitudinal data for all records, to allow tracking potential species distribution changes as well as detailed modelling of the impacts of land use and climate change on European amphibians and reptiles.

    Keywords: European herpetofauna, IUCN red list, biogeography, conservation, distribution atlas, distribution types, endemism, species richness


  • Vukov T, Cvijanovi M, Wielstra B, Kalezi M (2014)

    The Roles of Phylogeny and Climate in Shaping Variation in Life-History Traits of the Newt Genus Triturus (Caudata, The roles of phylogeny and climate in shaping variation in life-history traits of the newt genus Triturus (Caudata, Salamandridae)

    Annales Zoologici Fennici 51(5) 445-456.

    Assessing the origin of trait variation during evolutionary history is an important first step in understanding evolutionary diversification. Here, we tested the influence of shared ancestry and climate, and the interplay of both, on the variation of ten life history traits in Triturus newts. We showed that (1) climate alone has driven the evolution of variation in five life history traits, (2) phylogenetic signal partly explains the variation in two traits (vitellus diameter and snout—vent length of larvae at metamorphosis), and (3) the interplay of shared ancestry and climate explains the variation in one trait (snout—vent length of larvae at metamorphosis). This study highlights the coarse-grained influence of shared ancestry and climate on the structure of phenotypic trait variation in Triturus and provides a handle for more detailed, fine grained studies on the evolution of phenotypic trait variation.

    Keywords: European herpetofauna, IUCN red list, biogeography, conservation, distribution atlas, distribution types, endemism, species richness


  • Živić I, Bjelanović K, Simić V, Živić M, Žikić V, Marković Z (2013)

    New Records of Thremma anomalum (Trichoptera: Uenoidae) from Southeastern Europe with Notes on its Ecology

    Entomological News 123(3) 206-219.

    Distribution of Thremma anomalum was well documented by the late 1980s. However, macrozoobenthos research within Serbian watercourses between 1989 and 2010 reveal a shift of the western boundary of the distribution. Recent research in western Serbia and northern Montenegro has shown no trace of this species, in spite of its previous presence. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, the species was found in only one of ten former localities, implying that the species might entirely vanish from zoographic region 5 in the near future. On the other hand, the species was found at 17 localities in eastern, southeastern and southern Serbia, sections of the area where the species was not recorded earlier. This research has shown that T. anomalum is not restricted to cold waters and builds specific biocenoses characterized by dominance of Trichoptera and Gammaridae.

    Keywords: Thremma anomalum, area, habitat, larvae, macrozoobenthos


  • Lakušić D, Surina B, Niketić M, Barina Z (2012)

    Distribution of Lunaria telekiana (Brassicaceae), a poorly known species of European concern

    Botanica Serbica 36(2) 139-144.

    Lunaria telekiana Jávorka is usually treated as a narrow N.E. Albanian endemic, distributed only in Prokletije Mts (Bjeshkët e Nemuna), S.E. Dinaric Alps. As a European endemic, and restricted to a single European country, L. telekiana is treated as a “target species”, or “species of European concern”. As a very rare and endangered species it is defined as IUCN CR B2a in Europe. Although of great international significance, the distribution of L. telekiana is only poorly known, without any georeferenced records on GBIF. Except for the locus classicus “Škelsen ad pagum Tropoja”, as well as localities “Bajram Curri” and “Maja e Hekurave” in Albania, all other published and unpublished data on the distribution of this species are largely unknown. Based on several years of field studies, analyses of herbarium and literature data, the authors managed to record the occurrence of L. telekiana in Albania, Montenegro and Serbia, and to outline its distribution range more precisely. Te size of plant populations at the studied localities and new threatened status according to criteria and categories of IUCN have been established individually for Europe, Albania, Montenegro and Serbia.

    Keywords: Balkan Peninsula, Lunaria, critically endangered species, distribution, endemic species