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New paper out today in Science!

I’ve got a new paper out today!  This paper is a review on the influence of climate change on biotic interactions, focusing on past, present, and future episodes of climatic and ecological change.  This paper was done in collaboration with Phoebe ZarnetskeMatt Fitzpatrick, and Seth Finnegan– a diverse group of folks spanning the spectrum from deep-time paleo (Seth) to Cenozoic/Quaternary paleo (me) to modern and future (Phoebe and Matt).  It was a fun paper to write and a fantastic group of people to work with.  One thing it really pointed out to me was that climate change can alter biotic interactions in highly complex ways, so if we don’t incorporate them when we’re anticipating future changes, we’re missing a big piece of the puzzle.  But they’re not always important or the biggest piece of the puzzle, and figuring out the conditions or systems in which we can ignore them is a huge challenge.

This paper is part of a species issue in Science on “Natural Systems in Changing Climates” and I’m excited to read all of the other papers in the issue.  Please email me if you would like a copy of the article.

Press coverage: UC Merced, NSF


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