The potential for behavioral thermoregulation to buffer "cold-blooded" animals against climate warming
Michael Kearney, Richard Shine, Warren P Porter
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America | NATL ACAD SCIENCES | Published : 2009
Increasing concern about the impacts of global warming on biodiversity has stimulated extensive discussion, but methods to translate broad-scale shifts in climate into direct impacts on living animals remain simplistic. A key missing element from models of climatic change impacts on animals is the buffering influence of behavioral thermoregulation. Here, we show how behavioral and mass/energy balance models can be combined with spatial data on climate, topography, and vegetation to predict impacts of increased air temperature on thermoregulating ectotherms such as reptiles and insects (a large portion of global biodiversity). We show that for most "cold-blooded" terrestrial animals, the prim..View full abstract
We thank 2 anonymous reviewers and Ray Huey for insightful comments on the manuscript. This study was supported by the Australian Research Council.