Climatic variability and the vulnerability of rainforest biota to a warming world

Leahy, Lily (2021) Climatic variability and the vulnerability of rainforest biota to a warming world. PhD thesis, James Cook University.

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Abstract

Lily Leahy investigated climatic exposure and climate change vulnerability of ants along arboreal and elevation gradients in the Australian Wet Tropics. Lily found that the vertical structure of rainforest trees provides distinct microclimates that shape climate change resilience. This has implications for predicting climate change impacts in vertically stratified environments.

Item ID: 76863
Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Keywords: Ant diversity, Ants, Arboreal, Biogeography, Canopy, Climate change, Climatic gradients, Climate resilience, CTmax, CTmin, Dolichoderinae, Rainforest, Range size, Species delimitation, Species distribution models, Temperature gradient, Thermal tolerance, Verticle niche, Wet Tropics
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Three publications arising from this thesis are stored in ResearchOnline@JCU, at the time of processing. Please see the Related URLs. The publications are:

[Chapter 2] Leahy, Lily, Scheffers, Brett R., Williams, Stephen E., and Andersen, Alan N. (2020) Diversity and distribution of the dominant ant genus anonychomyrma (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in the Australian wet tropics. Diversity, 12 (12). 474.

[Chapter 3] Leahy, Lily, Scheffers, Brett R., Andersen, Alan N., Hirsch, Ben T., and Williams, Stephen E. (2021) Vertical niche and elevation range size in tropical ants: implications for climate resilience. Diversity and Distributions, 27 (3). pp. 485-496.

[Chapter 5] Leahy, Lily, Scheffers, Brett R., Williams, Stephen E., and Andersen, Alan N. (2022) Arboreality drives heat tolerance while elevation drives cold tolerance in tropical rainforest ants. Ecology, 103 (1). e03549.

Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2022 01:29
FoR Codes: 31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3103 Ecology > 310308 Terrestrial ecology @ 50%
41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4101 Climate change impacts and adaptation > 410102 Ecological impacts of climate change and ecological adaptation @ 50%
SEO Codes: 18 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT > 1806 Terrestrial systems and management > 180606 Terrestrial biodiversity @ 50%
19 ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY, CLIMATE CHANGE AND NATURAL HAZARDS > 1901 Adaptation to climate change > 190102 Ecosystem adaptation to climate change @ 50%
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