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Improving Conservation Outcomes with a New Paradigm for Understanding Species' Fundamental and Realized Adaptive Capacity

Beever, Erik A.; O'Leary, John; Mengelt, Claudia; West, Jordan M.; Julius, Susan; Green, Nancy; Magness, Dawn; Petes, Laura; Stein, Bruce; Nicotra, Adrienne; Hellmann, Jessica J; Robertson, Amanda L.; Staudinger, Michelle; Rosenberg, Andrew; Babij, Eleanora; Brennan, Jean; Schuurman, Gregor; Hofmann, Gretchen E.


Worldwide, many species are responding to ongoing climate change with shifts in distribution, abundance, phenology, or behavior. Consequently, natural-resource managers face increasingly urgent conservation questions related to biodiversity loss, expansion of invasive species, and deteriorating ecosystem services. We argue that our ability to address these questions is hampered by the lack of explicit consideration of species' adaptive capacity (AC). AC is the ability of a species or population...[Show more]

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Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: Conservation Letters
DOI: 10.1111/conl.12190
Access Rights: Open Access


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