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Ecological and Evolutionary Responses to Climate Change (July 2017): Key Readings from the Primary Literature

By Diane P. Genereux and David A. Lovejoy

Key Readings from the Primary Literature

Those eager to access the growing primary literature in this area may also be interested in very new articles accessible online through open source journals. In “Distinct Biogeographic Patterns for Archaea, Bacteria, and Fungi along the Vegetation Gradient at the Continental Scale in Eastern China,” Bin Ma, Zhongmin Dai, Haizhen Wang, Melissa Dsouza, Xingmei Liu, Yan He, Jianjun Wu, et al. found that variation in microbial species assemblies along a temperature gradient can be used to predict ecological responses to climate change, highlighting opportunities to make predictions from contemporary biogeography. Brad M. Ochocki and Tom E. X. Miller discover in “Rapid Evolution of Dispersal Ability Makes Biological Invasions Faster and More Variable” that the capacity for rapid evolution in dispersal ability is a strong predictor of native species persistence following climate-induced species invasions. In “Rising temperatures may drive fishing-induced selection of low-performance phenotypes,” Timothy D. Clark, Vanessa Messmer, Andrew J. Tobin, Andrew S. Hoey, and Morgan S. Pratchett propose that climate change, in combination with fishing, may select for phenotypes that undermine the competitive success of ocean fish species in existing ecological assemblies.