Featured Publication: Global variation in elevational diversity patterns

 

ScientificReports_elevational.biodiversity.study.sites.jpgBiodiversity (the variety of species occurring in a given area) is often studied in terms of patterns across a horizontal landscape, but researchers are beginning to understand the vertical patterns of biodiversity as well. Eastern Threat Center research ecologist Qinfeng Guo led a study of mountainous regions across the world to examine how elevation influences biodiversity and how elevational biodiversity patterns differ between the northern and southern hemispheres and across latitudes. The study, published in Scientific Reports, provides information that can support conservation efforts as plant and animal species are increasingly stressed by climate change and human actions. Read the article...

Pictured: A map marks the mountainous regions examined to uncover patterns of elevational biodiversity. Click to enlarge.

 

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