WCS 3-Sentence Science
August 8, 2019
Each year, Wildlife Conservation Society scientists publish more than 300 peer-reviewed studies and papers. “WCS 3-Sentence Science” is a regular tip-sheet — in bite sized helpings — of some of this published work.
Here we present work by WCS Canada’s Don Reid on the monitoring of lemming populations in the Arctic.
- Researchers conducted a comprehensive overview of projects monitoring lemmings — a key component of tundra food webs — and found that since 2000, lemmings have been monitored at 49 sites circumpolar Arctic, of which 38 are still active.
- Researchers are monitoring for abundance at all sites, but health, genetic diversity and potential drivers of population change, were often not monitored.
- There was no evidence that lemming populations were decreasing in general, although a negative trend was detected for low arctic populations sympatric with voles.
Study and Journal: “Documenting lemming population change in the Arctic: Can we detect trends?” from Ambio
WCS Co-Author(s): Don Reid , WCS Canada
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