Journal article

Resistance and resilience of terrestrial birds in drying climates: Do floodplains provide drought refugia?

KE Selwood, JR Thomson, RH Clarke, MA Mcgeoch, R Mac Nally

Global Ecology and Biogeography | Wiley-Blackwell Publishing | Published : 2015


© 2015 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.Climate refugia will become increasingly important for biota as climate change causes an increased frequency and intensity of extreme events, such as drought. Floodplains are potential drought refugia because they have cooler and more mesic microclimates than adjacent areas, and greater water availability through shallower groundwater and flooding. We explored the role of floodplains as drought refugia by estimating the resistance and resilience of terrestrial birds over a 13-year drought (the 'Big Dry') and for 4 years following the break in the drought in floodplain and non-floodplain zones. Location: Murray-Darling Basin, Australia. Methods: We used Atlas of A..

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Funding Acknowledgements

K.E.S. is supported by Holsworth Trust Wildlife Research Endowment, BirdLife Australia's Stuart Leslie Bird Research Award and an Australian Postgraduate Award. R.M. and J.R.T. were supported partially by ARC Grant DP120100797. This manuscript benefited from discussions with J. D. L. Yen. Floodplain spatial data (MDB-FIM2) were provided by Y. Chen at CSIRO. We thank the many Birdlife Atlasers whose contributions made this work possible.