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Research details ‘one-two punch’ of climate and land use changes on certain species

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Daniel Karp
Jul 11 2016

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Research, Faculty, Students

A new study shows the effects of deforestation and climate change are amplified into a one-two punch that pushes particularly vulnerable rainforest species towards extinction, while dry-climate species persist. The findings could help guide decisions about where land can be converted to agriculture while minimizing species losses. The study, published in Ecology Letters, warns of the possible beginning of the Homogocene – a new era in which global biodiversity rapidly becomes more homogenous. Luke Frishkoff, a Stanford Biology doctoral student at the time of the research, is the lead author on the paper.  Biology professors Gretchen Daily and Elizabeth Hadly are co-authors on the paper.