Tree distribution and abundance depend not only on climate, but also on habitat variables, such as soils and drainage, and on competition beneath a shaded canopy. Using conditional models to compare the communities represented by joint fecundity and recruitment responses we expose a reorganization across life stages that will contribute to the next generation of forests. Tree fecundity is regulated by temperature to a greater degree than other life-history stages. Recruitment rates are most sensitivity to interactions between climate and habitat variables. Communities reorganized from adults to fecundity, but there is a re-coalescence of community types as seedling recruitment partially reverts to community structure similar to that of adults…[more]
Qiu, T., S. Shubhi, C. W. Woodall, and J.S. Clark. 2021. Niche shifts from trees to fecundity to recruitment that determine species response to climate change. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 9, 863. https://www.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fevo.2021.719141, DOI10.3389/fevo.2021.719141.