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Dr. Laura Sandberger-Loua

Dr. Laura Sandberger-Loua
  • Publications

    Dr Laura Sandberger-Loua

     

    L. Sandberger‑Loua, M‑O Rödel, Heike Feldhaar (2017) Gene-flow in the clouds: landscape genetics of a viviparous, montane grassland toad in the tropics. Conservation Genetics. doi: 10.1007/s10592-017-1029-4

    J. Penner, J. Doumbia, N. G. Kouamé, L. Chirio, L. Sandberger-Loua, W. Böhme, M.F. Barej (2017) Rediscovery and range extension of the Guinean skink Trachylepis keroanensis (Chabaud, 1921) (Reptilia: Squamata: Scincidae). Bonn zoological Bulletin 66 (1): 55-60.

    M. F. Barej, L. Sandberger-Loua, J. Doumbia, N.G. Kouamé, M.-O. Rödel, J. Penner (2017) West African Rubber Frog in Guinea. African Herp News 64: 37-39.

    L. Sandberger-Loua, J. Doumbia, M.-O. Rödel (2017) Conserving the unique to save the diverse – Identifying key environmental determinants for the persistence of the viviparous Nimba toad in a West African World Heritage Site. [summary of original article] FrogLog 25(1): 90-91

    L. Sandberger-Loua, H. Müller, M.-O. Rödel (2017) A review of the reproductive biology of the only known matrotrophic viviparous anuran, the West African Nimba toad, Nimbaphrynoides occidentalis. Zoosystematics and Evolution 93 (1): 105–133

    Sandberger-Loua, L., H. Feldhaar, R. Jehle and M.-O. Rödel (2016) Multiple paternity in a viviparous toad with internal fertilisation. Science of Nature: 103:51.

    L. Sandberger-Loua, J. Doumbia, M.-O. Rödel (2016) Conserving the unique to save the diverse – Identifying key environmental determinants for the persistence of the viviparous Nimba toad in a West African World Heritage Site. Biological Conservation 198:15–21

    M. F. Barej, A. Schmitz, J. Penner, J. Doumbia, L. Sandberger-Loua, M. Hirschfeld1, C. Brede, M. Emmrich, N. G. Kouamé, A. Hillers, N. L. Gonwouo, J. Nopper, P. J. Adeba, M. A. Bangoura, C. Gage, G. Anderson, M.-O. Rödel (2015) Life in the spray zone – overlooked diversity in West African torrent-frogs (Anura, Odontobatrachidae, Odontobatrachus). Zoosystematics and Evolution: 91(2): 115-149. DOI 10.3897/zse.91.5127

    J. Penner, G. B. Adum, M. T. McElroy, Th. Doherty-Bone, M. Hirschfeld, L. Sandberger, C. Weldon, A. A. Cunningham, T. Ohst, E. Wombwell, D. M. Portik, D. Reid, A. Hillers, C. Ofori-Boateng, W. Oduro, J. Plötner, A. Ohler, A. D. Leaché, M.-O. Rödel (2013) West Africa - A Safe Haven for Frogs? A Sub-Continental Assessment of the Chytrid Fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis). PLoS ONE 8(2): e56236. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0056236

    Rödel, M.-O, A.B. Onadeko & L. Sandberger (2012) A new polymorphic Phrynobatrachus (Amphibia: Anura: Phrynobatrachidae) from Nigeria.  Zootaxa: 3328: 55-65

    Rödel, M.-O, T. Doherty-Bone, M.T. Kouete, P. Janzen, K. Garrett, R. Browne, N.L. Gonwouo, M. Barej & L. Sandberger (2012) A small Phrynobatrachus (Amphibia: Anura: Phrynobatrachidae) from southern Cameroon. Zootaxa: 3431: 54 - 68.

    Rödel, M.-O., A. Hillers, A.D. Leaché, N.G. Kouamé, C. Ofori-Boateng, N.E. Assemian, B. Tohé, J. Penner, M.F. Barej, M. Hirschfeld, J.Doumbia, L.N. Gonwouo, J. Nopper, C. Brede, R. Diaz, M.K. Jujita, M. Gil, B.H. Seniagbeto, R. Ernst & L. Sandberger (2012) The genus Astylosternus in the Upper Guinea rainforests, West Africa, with the description of a new species (Amphibia: Anura: Arthroleptidae). -Zootaxa 3245:1-29.

    Nopper, J., Gonwouo L. N., A. Hillers, L. Sandberger, A. Ohler & M.-O. Rödel (2012) New data on the distribution and morphology of the West African squeaker frog Arthroleptis langeri Rödel, Doumbia, Johnson & Hillers, 2009 (Amphibia: Anura: Arthroleptidae). Zootoxa 3170: 64 – 68.

    L. Sandberger, J. Doumbia, A. Hillers & M.-O. Rödel (2011) Life-bearing toads on a misty mountain. Froglog 97:18.

    Rödel, M. O., J. Doumbia, N. Kouamé & L. Sandberger (2011) Phrynobatrachus pintoi Hillers, Zimkus & Rödel, 2008 (Amphibia:Anura:Phrynobatrachidae): additional morphological and distribution data. Zootaxa 3098: 59 – 63.

    Rödel, M. O., N. Kouamé, J. Doumbia & L. Sandberger (2011) A new beautiful squeaker frog (Arthroleptidae: Arthroleptis) from West Africa. Zootaxa 3011: 16–26.

    L. Sandberger, A. Hillers, J. Doumbia, N.-S. Loua, C. Brede & M.-O. Rödel (2010) Rediscovery of the Liberian Nimba toad, Nimbaphrynoides liberiensis (Xavier 1978) (Amphibia: Anura: Bufonidae), and reassessment of its taxonomic status. Zootaxa 2355: 56 -68.

    L. Sandberger, H. Feldhaar, K. P. Lampert, D. K. Lamatsch & M.-O. Rödel (2010) Small, specialized and highly mobile? The tree-hole breeding frog, Phrynobatrachus guineensis, lacks fine scale population structure. African Journal of Herpetology. 59 (1): 79-94.

    Rödel, M. O., L. Sandberger, J. Penner, Y. Mané & A. Hillers (2010) The taxonomic status of Hyperolius spatzi Ahl, 1931 and Hyperolius nitidulus Peters, 1875 (Amphibia: Anura: Hyperoliidae). Bonn zoological Bulletin 57 (2): 177 – 188.

    Rödel, M.-O., L. Sandberger, N.S. Loua, J. Doumbia & Hillers A. (2009) Revalidation of Phrynobatrachus maculiventris Guibé & Lamotte, 1958 and description of its aposematic coloured tadpole. African Journal of Herpetology 58 (1): 15 – 27.

  • Curriculum vitae

    Laura Sandberger-Loua

     

    Since 2009 either research assitant or visiting scientist at the Museum für Naturkunde Berlin

    2016 - completion of doctoral thesis "living in a vanishing place - population genetics and environmental determinants of the distribution of the Nimba toad, Nimbaphrynoides occidentalis. Betreut von PD. Dr. M.-O. Rödel Prof. Dr. Feldhaar.

    2007 – 2009 research assistant at the University of Würzburg (Department of Animal Ecology Tropical Biology) & start of the Nimbaprojekt.

    2007 Diploma thesis: ‘Population genetic analysis of a West-African tree-hole breeder,Phrynobatrachus guineensis (Amphibia: Anura: Phrynobatrachidae)’ supervised by PD. Dr. M.-O. Rödel & and Prof. Dr. Feldhaar.

    2002 - 2007 student assistant DPZ (German Primate Centre), University Hamburg, University Mainz & University Würzburg.

    2003 – 2007 student of biology (Julius-Maximilians Universität Würzburg).

    2002 – 2003 student of biology (University of Manchester, UK).

    1999 – 2002 student of biology (Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen).

  • Tasks

    • Research scientist in the Lab of PD Dr. Mark-Oliver Rödel
    • Management and scientifique research within the Nimba Project (Project lead: PD Dr. Mark-Oliver Rödel)

    Research

    My main interest is the influence of abiotic and biotic environmental parameters on population structure, abundance and distributions of species or species assemblages and how historic changes in these environmental parameters allow to predict future abundances and distributions. I am very interested to analyse the indirect effects of e.g. large economic projects on biodiversity and particular species. With these studies not only our scientific knowledge should increase but the respective results should be valuable for conservation issues. My taxonomic focus is on West African amphibians in general and in the Nimba toad (Nimbaphrynoides occidentalis) in particular. This toad is the only known (eu-) viviparous anuran (frogs and toads) – the mother gives birth to 4 – 16 fully developed juveniles after nine months and nourishes the young during the gestation.

    Publications (selection)

    L. Sandberger‑Loua, M‑O Rödel, Heike Feldhaar (2017) Gene-flow in the clouds: landscape genetics of a viviparous, montane grassland toad in the tropics. Conservation Genetics. doi: 10.1007/s10592-017-1029-4

    L. Sandberger-Loua, H. Müller, M.-O. Rödel (2017) A review of the reproductive biology of the only known matrotrophic viviparous anuran, the West African Nimba toad, Nimbaphrynoides occidentalis. Zoosystematics and Evolution 93 (1): 105–133

    L. Sandberger-Loua, H. Feldhaar, R. Jehle and M.-O. Rödel (2016) Multiple paternity in a viviparous toad with internal fertilisation. Science of Nature: 103:51.

    L. Sandberger-Loua, J. Doumbia, M.-O. Rödel (2016) Conserving the unique to save the diverse – Identifying key environmental determinants for the persistence of the viviparous Nimba toad in a West African World Heritage Site. Biological Conservation 198:15–21

    M. F. Barej, A. Schmitz, J. Penner, J. Doumbia, L. Sandberger-Loua, M. Hirschfeld, C. Brede, M. Emmrich, N. G. Kouamé, A. Hillers, N. L. Gonwouo, J. Nopper, P. J. Adeba, M. A. Bangoura, C. Gage, G. Anderson, M.-O. Rödel (2015) Life in the spray zone – overlooked diversity in West African torrent-frogs (Anura, Odontobatrachidae, Odontobatrachus). Zoosystematics and Evolution: 91(2): 115-149. DOI 10.3897/zse.91.5127

    J. Penner, G. B. Adum, M. T. McElroy, Th. Doherty-Bone, M. Hirschfeld, L. Sandberger, C. Weldon, A. A. Cunningham, T. Ohst, E. Wombwell, D. M. Portik, D. Reid, A. Hillers, C. Ofori-Boateng, W. Oduro, J. Plötner, A. Ohler, A. D. Leaché, M.-O. Rödel (2013) West Africa - A Safe Haven for Frogs? A Sub-Continental Assessment of the Chytrid Fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis). PLoS ONE 8(2): e56236. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0056236

    Rödel, M.-O., A.B. Onadeko & L. Sandberger (2012) A new polymorphic Phrynobatrachus (Amphibia: Anura: Phrynobatrachidae) from Nigeria. -Zootaxa: 3328: 55-65

    Rödel, M.-O., T. Doherty-Bone, M.T. Kouete, P. Janzen, K. Garrett, R. Browne, N.L. Gonwouo, M. Barej & L. Sandberger (2012) A small Phrynobatrachus (Amphibia: Anura: Phrynobatrachidae) from southern Cameroon. Zootaxa: 3431: 54 - 68.

    Rödel, M.-O., A. Hillers, A.D. Leaché, N.G. Kouamé, C. Ofori-Boateng, N.E. Assemian, B. Tohé, J. Penner, M.F. Barej, M. Hirschfeld, J.Doumbia, L.N. Gonwouo, J. Nopper, C. Brede, R. Diaz, M.K. Jujita, M. Gil, B.H. Seniagbeto, R. Ernst & L. Sandberger (2012) The genus Astylosternus in the Upper Guinea rainforests, West Africa, with the description of a new species (Amphibia: Anura: Arthroleptidae). -Zootaxa 3245:1-29.

    L. Sandberger, A. Hillers, J. Doumbia, N.-S. Loua, C. Brede & M.-O. Rödel (2010) Rediscovery of the Liberian Nimba toad, Nimbaphrynoides liberiensis (Xavier 1978) (Amphibia: Anura: Bufonidae), and reassessment of its taxonomic status. -Zootaxa 2355: 56 -68.

    L. Sandberger, H. Feldhaar, K. P. Lampert, D. K. Lamatsch & M.-O. Rödel (2010) Small, specialized and highly mobile? The tree-hole breeding frog, Phrynobatrachus guineensis, lacks fine scale population structure.- African Journal of Herpetology. 59 (1): 79-94.

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