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A physiological trait-based approach to predicting the responses of species to experimental climate warming

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Sarah E Diamond, Lauren M Nichols, Neil McCoy, Christopher Hirsh, Shannon L Pelini, Nathan J Sanders, Aaron M Ellison, Nicholas J Gotelli, and Robert R Dunn, 2012, A physiological trait-based approach to predicting the responses of species to experimental climate warming: Ecology, v. 93, iss. 11, p. 2305-2312.

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Abstract (from http://www.esajournals.org/doi/abs/10.1890/11-2296.1): Physiological tolerance of environmental conditions can influence species-level responses to climate change. Here, we used species-specific thermal tolerances to predict the community responses of ant species to experimental forest-floor warming at the northern and southern boundaries of temperate hardwood forests in eastern North America. We then compared the predictive ability of thermal tolerance vs. correlative species distribution models (SDMs) which are popular forecasting tools for modeling the effects of climate change. Thermal tolerances predicted the responses of 19 ant species to experimental climate warming at the southern site, where environmental [...]

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