As one of the most diverse and economically important families on Earth, ground beetles are a key barometer of climate change. The effects of climate change must depend on species traits like body size, diet, and flight, and their differences in habitat requirements, but we do not yet know how. Our analysis shows that ground beetle community reorganization is governed by climate–habitat interactions (CHI), and much of the response can be explained by trait syndromes. The fact that habitat mediates warming impacts has immediate application to critical habitat designation for conservation.
Qiu, T., Bell, A. J., Swenson, J. J., & Clark, J. S. (2023). Habitat–trait interactions that control response to climate change: North American ground beetles (Carabidae). Global Ecology and Biogeography, 00, 1– 15. https://doi.org/10.1111/geb.13670
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