New Scheffers lab research on wildlife trade covered by Science and The Guardian
Our group collaborated with the Edwards Lab at the University of Sheffield and other colleagues to produce a global-scale meta-analysis on how wildlife trade impacts reptile, bird, and mammal populations. The study highlights that although wildlife trade has been considered sustainable in some instances, many species subjected to trade have severely declined or disappeared. Read the Science or The Guardian coverage, as well as the paper here.
Flattening of forests - how climate change might simplify (flatten) complex rainforests
Ed Basham and Brett Scheffers publish their work from the rainforest canopies of Panama in Journal of Biogeography The layering of animal communities from ground-to-canopy collapses under seasonal shifts in climate. Work from 2019 published in Ecography, which tested this theory globally, confirms that climate change may push animals out of the trees, as treetops become too hot and dry to live in. See a great article by Joan Meiners in MassiveScience.
Mountain passes are higher for those in the tropics…and in forests, and underground
To accompany the lab's recent paper in The American Naturalist, The American Society of Naturalists posted a short lay summary of our research. Our study expands upon a classic paper by Dan Janzen (1967) by investigating change in temperature up mountains globally. Apparently, latitude is not the only thing that makes mountain passes higher– it's not nearly as important as forest cover, snow depth, or height above the ground, our study suggests.
Persecuting, protecting, or ignoring biodiversity under climate change
Scheffers publishes in Nature Climate Change on the historical archetypes of managing species redistribution and how we might learn from the past to help guide future management of species redistribution under climate change. Featured in article by Jenny Morber of Ensia here