Patterns of abundance across geographical ranges as a predictor for responses to climate change: Evidence from UK rocky shores

Adams, L; Holt, B; Mieszkowska, N; Pack, K; Parry-Wilson, H; Vye, SR; Dickens, S; Bohn, K; Chenery, J; Dobson et al, N. 2020 Patterns of abundance across geographical ranges as a predictor for responses to climate change: Evidence from UK rocky shores. Diversity and Distributions, 26 (10). 1357-1365. https://doi.org/10.1111/ddi.13118

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Abstract/Summary

Aim: Understanding patterns in the abundance of species across thermal ranges can give useful insights into the potential impacts of climate change. The abundant-centre hypothesis suggests that species will reach peak abundance at the centre of their thermal range where conditions are optimal, but evidence in support of this hypothesis is mixed and limited in geographical and taxonomic scope. We tested the applicability of the abundant-centre hypothesis across a range of intertidal organisms using a large, citizen science-generated data set. Location: UK. Methods: Species' abundance records were matched with their location within their thermal range. Patterns in abundance distribution for individual species, and across aggregated species abundances, were analysed using Kruskal–Wallis tests and quantile general additive models. Results: Individually, invertebrate species showed increasing abundances in the cooler half of the thermal range and decreasing abundances in the warmer half of the thermal range. The overall shape for aggregated invertebrate species abundances reflected a broad peak, with a cool-skewed maximum abundance. Algal species showed little evidence for an abundant-centre distribution individually, but overall the aggregated species abundances suggested a hump-backed abundance distribution.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Additional Keywords: abundant-centre hypothesis, algae, citizen science, intertidal, invertebrates, thermal niche
Subjects: Marine Sciences
Divisions: Marine Biological Association of the UK > Ecosystems and Environmental Change > Marine Biodiversity and Climate Change
Depositing User: Emily Smart
Date made live: 28 Sep 2021 14:32
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2021 14:32
URI: http://plymsea.ac.uk/id/eprint/9375

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