An integrated mechanistic model of species' responses to environmental change: from individual responses to range shifts and beyond
Grant number: DP110102813 | Funding period: 2011 - 2015
To effectively adapt to future environmental change, reliable forecasts are needed of how human alterations to climate and habitat will affect species. This project integrates cutting-edge methods in nutritional, physiological and spatial ecology to develop new tools for predicting and understanding how species will respond to environmental change.
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Nicola J Mitchell, null Nicholas Rodriguez, null Gerald Kuchling, null Sophie G. Arnall, null Michael R. Kearney
The embryos of many egg-laying species develop under the environmental conditions selected by one or both parents, and these condi..
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Natalie J Briscoe, Michael R Kearney, Chris A Taylor, Brendan A Wintle
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Burrowing is an important form of locomotion in reptiles, but no study has examined the energetic cost of burrowing for reptiles. ..
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Physiological thermal-tolerance limits of terrestrial ectotherms often exceed local air temperatures, implying a high degree of th..
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Tim S Jessop, Michael R Kearney, Joslin L Moore, Tim Lockwood, Michael Johnston
Control of introduced predators to mitigate biodiversity impacts is a pressing conservation challenge. Across Australia feral cats..