Highs and Lows: Exploring the Impacts of Global Warming on Species’ Elevational Distributions

Defender Radio 604: Highs and Lows: Exploring the Impacts of Global Warming on Species’ Elevational Distributions

How are ecosystems responding to the warming of the planet? It’s a big question, and there isn’t a single answer. But specific questions are being asked to help build a better idea of what’s happening globally. Two such questions were asked by Dr. Ben Freeman and his colleagues in a paper published in Global Ecology and Biogeography titled, ‘Expanding, shifting and shrinking: The impact of global warming on species’ elevational distributions‘.

Specifically, Dr. Freeman tested a classic ecology theory that predicts “temperature more directly influences species’ cool range limits than their warm range limits.” They also tried to determine “how warming‐associated shifts have changed the extent and area of species’ elevational distributions.”

To explain what the team found – as well as why it matters and how it could influence our thinking in policy creation, Dr. Freeman joined Defender Radio.

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