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author = {Weeks, TL and Betts, MG and Pfeifer, M and Wolf, C and Banks-Leite, C and Barbaro, L and Barlow, J and Cerezo, A and Kennedy, CM and Kormann, UG and Marsh, CJ and Olivier, PI and Phalan, BT and Possingham, HP and Wood, EM and Tobias, JA},
doi = {10.1038/s41559-023-02077-x},
journal = {Nature Ecology and Evolution},
pages = {1079--1091},
title = {Climate-driven variation in dispersal ability predicts responses to forest fragmentation in birds},
url = {},
volume = {7},
year = {2023}

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AB - Species sensitivity to forest fragmentation varies latitudinally, peaking in the tropics. A prominent explanation for this pattern is that historical landscape disturbance at higher latitudes has removed fragmentation-sensitive species or promoted the evolution of more resilient survivors. However, it is unclear whether this so-called extinction filter is the dominant driver of geographic variation in fragmentation sensitivity, particularly because climatic factors may also cause latitudinal gradients in dispersal ability, a key trait mediating sensitivity to habitat fragmentation. Here we combine field survey data with a morphological proxy for avian dispersal ability (hand-wing index) to assess responses to forest fragmentation in 1,034 bird species worldwide. We find that fragmentation sensitivity is strongly predicted by dispersal limitation and that other factors—latitude, body mass and historical disturbance events—have relatively limited explanatory power after accounting for species differences in dispersal. We also show that variation in dispersal ability is only weakly predicted by historical disturbance and more strongly associated with intra-annual temperature fluctuations (seasonality). Our results suggest that climatic factors play a dominant role in driving global variation in the impacts of forest fragmentation, emphasizing the need for more nuanced environmental policies that take into account local context and associated species traits.
AU - Weeks,TL
AU - Betts,MG
AU - Pfeifer,M
AU - Wolf,C
AU - Banks-Leite,C
AU - Barbaro,L
AU - Barlow,J
AU - Cerezo,A
AU - Kennedy,CM
AU - Kormann,UG
AU - Marsh,CJ
AU - Olivier,PI
AU - Phalan,BT
AU - Possingham,HP
AU - Wood,EM
AU - Tobias,JA
DO - 10.1038/s41559-023-02077-x
EP - 1091
PY - 2023///
SN - 2397-334X
SP - 1079
TI - Climate-driven variation in dispersal ability predicts responses to forest fragmentation in birds
T2 - Nature Ecology and Evolution
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VL - 7
ER -