Journal article

Declining body size: a third universal response to warming?

Janet L Gardner, Anne Peters, Michael R Kearney, Leo Joseph, Robert Heinsohn

Trends in Ecology & Evolution | ELSEVIER SCIENCE LONDON | Published : 2011


A recently documented correlate of anthropogenic climate change involves reductions in body size, the nature and scale of the pattern leading to suggestions of a third universal response to climate warming. Because body size affects thermoregulation and energetics, changing body size has implications for resilience in the face of climate change. A review of recent studies shows heterogeneity in the magnitude and direction of size responses, exposing a need for large-scale phylogenetically controlled comparative analyses of temporal size change. Integrative analyses of museum data combined with new theoretical models of size-dependent thermoregulatory and metabolic responses will increase bot..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We thank the Australian National Wildlife Collection Foundation for funding JLG, the Max Planck Society Minerva Program for funding AP, Kaspar Delhey, Michael Jennions, Naomi Langmore, Peter Marsack, Justin Welbergen and two anonymous reviewers for useful comments on earlier drafts, and Peter Marsack for creating the artwork for Figure 2.