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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