New Research Uncovers A Few Winners, But Many More Losers

April 7, 2014: New research conducted by scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey, the University of New Mexico, and Northern Arizona University reveals that dramatic distribution losses and a few major distribution gains are forecasted for southwestern bird and reptile species as the climate changes. Overall, the study forecasted species distribution losses – that is, where species are able to live – of nearly half for all but one of the 5 reptile species they examined, including for the iconic chuckwalla. More results from this project are described in the USGS news release for the report. 

This research was supported by the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center project, "Forecasting Climate Impacts on Wildlife of the Arid Southwest at Regional and Local Scales Using Downscaled Climate Models".