Using real-world examples from diverse taxa and ecosystems, this book presents research on rapid shifts in temperature and precipitation and explains how these shifts alter the biotic landscape now and in the future. It highlights the general trends expected in wildlife and ecological responses, and also the exceptions and contingencies that may mediate those responses. Topics include biotic response to rapid climate change; biological and ecological relationships to climate change; monitoring ecological effects of climate change; conservation and management efforts; and ecological responses to climate change describing past trends and future needs.
THE BASIS OF RECENT CLIMATE CHANGE: CLIMATE-SCIENCE FOUNDATIONS
- Western Climate Change, Philip W. Mote and Kelly T. Redmond
SINGLE- AND MULTIPLE-SPECIES RELATIONSHIPS TO CLIMATE CHANGE
- Amphibian Population Declines and Climate Change, Andrew R. Blaustein, Catherine Searle, Betsy A. Bancroft, and Joshua Lawler
- Minimizing Uncertainty in Interpreting Responses of Butterflies to Climate Change, Erica Fleishman and Dennis D. Murphy
- Advances, Limitations, and Synergies in Predicting Changes in Species' Distribution and Abundance under Contemporary Climate Change, Enrique Mart#nez-Meyer
- Mammalian Distributional Responses to Climatic Changes: A Review and Research Prospectus, Robert Guralnick, Liesl Erb, and Chris Ray
HIGHER-LEVEL ECOLOGICAL RELATIONSHIPS TO CLIMATE CHANGE
- Effects of Climate Change on the Elevational Limits of Species Ranges, Robert J. Wilson and David Guti#rrez
- Climate Change and Sandy Beach Ecosystems, Alan R. Jones
- Response of Western Mountain Ecosystems to Climatic Variability and Change: A Collaborative Research Approach, David L. Peterson, Craig D. Allen, Jill S. Baron, Daniel B. Fagre, Don McKenzie, Nathan L. Stephenson, Andrew G. Fountain, Jeffrey A. Hicke, George P. Malanson, Dennis S. Ojima, Christina L. Tague, and Phillip J. van Mantgem
MONITORING ECOLOGICAL CONSEQUENCES OF CLIMATE CHANGE
- Precipitation Climatology at Selected LTER Sites: Regionalization and Dominant Circulation Patterns, Douglas G. Goodin
- Dealing with Uncertainty: Managing and Monitoring Canada's Northern National Parks in a Rapidly Changing World, Donald McLennan
CONSERVATION EFFORTS IN THE FACE OF RAPID CLIMATE CHANGE
- Ensuring That Protected Areas Play an Effective Role in Mitigating Climate Change, Nigel Dudley, Linda Krueger, Kathy MacKinnon, and Sue Stolton
- Resource Managers Rise to the Challenge of Climate Change, Melinda G. Knutson and Patricia J. Heglund
CONCLUSIONS AND FUTURE RESEARCH NEEDS
- Ecological Consequences of Climate Change: Synthesis and Research Needs, Erik A. Beever and Jerrold L. Belant
Dr. Erik Beever received his BS in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Davis, in 1993 and his PhD in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology from the University of Nevada, Reno, in December 1999. He has published over 50 articles in diverse scientific journals and in numerous subdisciplines of biology. He has performed field research on plants, soils, amphibians, birds, reptiles, fishes, and insects, as well as small, medium, and large mammals. He is a member of the IUCN Protected Areas Specialist Group, the IUCN Lagomorph Specialist Group, as well as The Wildlife Society, the Society for Conservation Biology, American Society of Mammalogists, Sigma Xi, and the Union of Concerned Scientists.
Dr. Jerrold Belant is Associate Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Management and Director of the Carnivore Ecology Laboratory at Mississippi State University. He received his PhD degree from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Dr. Belant has authored over 100 publications in wildlife ecology, conservation, and management. He is the Chair of the IUCN Species Survival Commission's Small Carnivore Specialist Group and a member of the International Federation of Mammalogists. Dr. Belant is also Editor of "Small Carnivore Conservation" and Associate Editor for "Ursus", "Natural Areas Journal", and "Latin American Journal of Conservation".