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Impact of a century of climate change on small-mammal communities in Yosemite National Park, USA

Patton, James L.; Conroy, Chris J.; Parra, Juan L.; White, Gary C.; Beissinger, Steven R.; Moritz, Craig


We provide a century-scale view of small-mammal responses to global warming, without confounding effects of land-use change, by repeating Grinnell's early-20th century survey across a 3000-meter-elevation gradient that spans Yosemite National Park, California, USA. Using occupancy modeling to control for variation in detectability, we show substantial (∼500 meters on average) upward changes in elevational limits for half of 28 species monitored, consistent with the observed ∼3°C increase in...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: Science
DOI: 10.1126/science.1163428


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