WCS 3-Sentence Science
Hot Mess: How Amazon Primates Will Respond to Climate Change
October 21, 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’s Colin Chapman look at the effect of climate change on primates in the Amazon.
- Researchers investigated how climate change will affect the distribution of 80 Amazon primate species, finding that that species response to climate change varied across dispersal limitation scenarios.
- If species could occupy all newly suitable climate, almost 70 percent of species could expand ranges; dispersal barriers (natural and anthropogenic), however, led to range expansion in only less than 20 percent of the studied species; scenarios where species that were not allowed to migrate lost an average of 90 percent of the suitable area.
- Protecting important dispersal corridors between protected areas is foremost to allow effective migrations of the Amazon fauna in face of climate change and deforestation.
Study and Journal: “Recalculating route: Dispersal constraints will drive the redistribution of Amazon primates in the Anthropocene” from Ecography
WCS Co-Author(s): Colin Chapman, WCS Research Fellow
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