Local temperature and ecological similarity drive distributional dynamics of tropical mammals worldwide

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Authors Lydia Beaudrot, Miguel A. Acevedo, Jean-Philippe Lessard, Alex Zvoleff, Patrick A. Jansen, Douglas Sheil, Francesco Rovero, Timothy O’Brien, Eileen Larney, Christine Fletcher, Sandy Andelman, Jorge Ahumada
Journal/Conference Name Global Ecology and Biogeography
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Paper Abstract Identifying the underlying drivers of species’ distributional dynamics is critical for predicting change and managing biological diversity. While anthropogenic factors such as climate change can affect species distributions through time, other naturally occurring ecological processes can also have an influence. Theory predicts that interactions between species can influence distributional dynamics, yet empirical evidence remains sparse. A powerful approach is to monitor and model local colonization and extinction—the processes that generate change in distributions over time—and to identify their abiotic and biotic associations. Intensive camera-trap monitoring provides an opportunity to assess the role of temperature and species interactions in the colonization and extinction dynamics of tropical mammals, many of which are species of conservation concern. Using data from a pan-tropical monitoring network, we examined how short-term local temperature change and ecological similarity between species (a proxy for the strength of species interactions) influenced the processes that drive distributional shifts.
Date of publication 2019
Code Programming Language R
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