ESA and COVID-19
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Strategies for Success
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Journals & Publications
Anthropogenic climate change is threatening biodiversity globally. The June edition of Frontiers is a themed, open-access, Special Issue focusing on climate-change refugia (areas buffered from climate-change effects over time). For instance, populations of plants like the encrusted saxifrage (Saxifraga paniculata) grow along the shores of Lake Superior where summer temperatures are moderated by the lake’s cold waters. By fostering conditions that are suitable for relict arctic-alpine plants, these microclimates may serve as climate-change refugia.
Through combining long-term photo-identiﬁcation with ﬁne-scale movement patterns of individual sea turtles, Schoﬁeld et al. show that female sea turtles have better survival rates than males, possibly because males tend to occupy sites closer to shore, increasing interactions with anthropogenic threats. Their results are reported in the July issue of Ecology and show that long‐term identification, coupled with tracking, offers great promise for estimating the survival rates of other wide‐ranging species.
Spectacular fields of fireweed are often the first sign of a site that will transform to new dominance by deciduous trees following a severe burn, as they require the same seedbed conditions as wind-dispersed aspen and birch. New evidence from Johnstone et al. in the May issue of Ecosphere documents the persistent effects of these seedbed changes on early post-fire succession in burned black spruce forests in Alaska.
Although birds on farms commonly eat strawberries and other crops, research by Olimpi et al. published in the July issue of Ecological Applications revealed that birds also suppress invertebrate pests, which can be a greater threat to the berry production than the birds themselves.
Elephants and other non-ruminants are estimated to have high water requirements, even when corrected for body size. In the May issue of Ecological Monographs, Kihwele et al. quantify the water requirements of 48 African ungulates using a set of functional traits related to water losses. Their results suggest each single trait is a valuable indicator of ungulate water requirements.
- Cornell University: Executive Director and Tenure-Track Professor, Cornell Lab of Ornithology June 24, 2020
- Ecological Society of America: Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, Editor-in-Chief June 2, 2020
- Cal Poly State University: Asst/Assoc/Full Professor of Forestry May 14, 2020
- UBC - Forest & Conservation Sciences: Full-time tenure-track position in Indigenous Natural Sciences April 22, 2020