New RBC Publication: Big Biology Meets Microclimatology

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New RBC Publication: Big Biology Meets Microclimatology

A paper by Daniel Isaak, Seth Wenger, and Michael Young will soon appear the journal Ecological Applications.  The paper is entitled “Big biology meets microclimatology: Defining thermal niches of aquatic ectotherms at landscape scales for conservation planning.” This paper describes how the researchers combined a database of ectotherm occurrences with a database of stream microclimates in order to model thermal relationships for 14 fish and amphibian species in the Rocky Mountains.  Increasing data availability and accuracy in recent years have allowed for projects such as this one to explore new ways of studying thermal niches and better understand the temperature constraints ectotherm populations.

As temperature changes due to climate change become a larger concern, understanding the role that temperature plays in ectotherm ecology will be critical to the conservation of these “cold-blooded” species.  Large and precise models such as this one will enable better management decisions and create more opportunities for research.

To read this publication, click: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/eap.1501/abstract