This blog post is provided by Michel Laforge and tells the #StoryBehindthePaper for the paper “Plasticity and repeatability in spring migration and parturition dates with implications for annual reproductive success”, which was recently published in Journal of Animal Ecology. In their paper they find that caribou acclimate the timing of their migration and when they give birth to the timing of spring snow melt and plant … Continue reading Caribou acclimate timing of migration and birth to changes in snowmelt and green-up
This blog post is provided by Abigail Kimmitt and Daniel Becker and tells the #StoryBehindthePaper for the paper “Plasticity in female timing may explain earlier breeding in a North American songbird“, which was recently published in the Journal of Animal Ecology. In their study, they explored breeding success of the dark-eyed junco from long term datasets, to see if birds respond to climate change in … Continue reading Are multi-brooded birds the current “winners” of climate change?
This blog post is provided by Emily Simmonds from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and tells the #StoryBehindThePaper for her article Cue identification in phenology: A case study of the predictive performance of current statistical tools which has been shortlisted for the 2019 Elton Prize. How do individuals decide when to start breeding, come out of hibernation, drop their leaves, or migrate? … Continue reading How good are we at identifying cues for breeding?
The study of phenology – cyclical patterns of biological events – has long been used to investigate relationships between climate and natural phenomena. In this way, events such as bird migrations, animal breeding periods and plant flowing can be predicted, knowledge which has numerous economic and conservation applications. However, climate change can alter these timings, with dramatic consequences for a range of species. To illustrate … Continue reading Mild winters have butterflies in a flap
This post is a press release from the authors of Journal of Animal Ecology paper “Earlier nesting by generalist predatory bird is associated with human responses to climate change by Shawn H. Smith et al.
Milder winters have led to earlier growing seasons and noticeable effects on the breeding habits of some predatory birds, according to research by Boise State biologists Shawn Smith and Julie Heath, in collaboration with Karen Steenhof, and The Peregrine Fund’s Christopher McClure. Continue reading “Earlier nesting by generalist predatory bird is associated with human responses to climate change”