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Ecological and life-history traits explain recent boundary shifts in elevation and latitude of western North American songbirds

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Auer, Sonya K.; King, David I.

Year Published

2014

Publication

Global Ecology and Biogeography. 23(8): 867-875.

Abstract

Species are expected to move uphill or poleward in response to climate change, yet their distributions show idiosyncratic responses; many species are moving in the predicted direction, but others are not shifting at all or are shifting downhill or towards the equator. Fundamental questions remain about the causes of interspecific variation in range responses and whether shifts along elevational and latitudinal gradients are correlated.We examined whether shifts in northernlatitude and upper-elevation boundaries of western North American songbirds over a 35-year period were correlated and whether species ecological and lifehistory traits explained interspecific variation in observed shifts.

Keywords

Ecological specialization; global climate change; life history; range shifts; species traits

Citation

Auer, Sonya K.; King, David I. 2014. Ecological and life-history traits explain recent boundary shifts in elevation and latitude of western North American songbirds. Global Ecology and Biogeography. 23(8): 867-875. https://doi.org/10.1111/geb.12174.

Last updated on: October 1, 2014