What is it about?

Conservationists have long classified species into bins based on how they respond to land use (e.g., habitat generalists, and forest specialists). However, different populations of the same species may respond differently to land use. We analyzed camera trap data from across the United States and modeled spatial variation of mammal space use.

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Why is it important?

We showed animals do not respond in the same way everywhere. North American mammals increasingly rely on forests and avoid anthropogenic areas in hot regions. Categorizing species into broad groups might mislead conservation efforts.


Maintaining forest cover in hot regions may be critical for conserving North American mammals in a rapidly warming climate.

Mahdieh Tourani
University of Montana

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This page is a summary of: Maximum temperatures determine the habitat affiliations of North American mammals, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, December 2023, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,
DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2304411120.
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