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Integrating the Effects of Global and Local Climate Change on Wildlife in North America

Project Information

Affiliation: Southeast CSC

Principal Investigator(s):
Robert Dunn (North Carolina State University (NCSU))
Steven Frank (NCSU)
Nick Haddad (NCSU)
Nadia Singh (NCSU)

Start Date: June 2011

End Date: July 2014

Project Status: In Progress

Tags: Climate Change, wildlife., CSC, Southeast CSC, 2011, Boundary, Baltimore City

Fiscal Year: FY 2011 Projects


The southeastern U.S. has experienced large-scale changes in urbanization with consequent effects on local climate. To-date, the impacts of these changes on wild species appear to be overlooked, despite their importance to conservation and wildlife planning. The overarching goal of this project is to model and understand the influence of current urban warming and future global warming on species of conservation concern. This study aims to understand a combination of local mitigation techniques and regional conservation decisions that best facilitate future conservation in the southeastern U.S. 

Products & Data
  • A physiological trait-based approach to predicting the responses of species to experimental climate warming

    Diamond et al. 2012 (External URL)
  • Bad neighbors: urban habitats increase cankerworm damage to non-host understory plants

    Frank 2014 (External URL)
  • Clinal variation in colony breeding structure and level of inbreeding in the subterranean termites Reticulitermes flavipes and R. grassei

    Wiley Online Library (External URL)
  • Common garden experiments reveal uncommon responses across temperatures, locations, and species of ants

    Wiley Online Library (External URL)
  • Habitat and species identity, not diversity, predict the extent of refuse consumption by urban arthropods

    Youngsteadt et al. 2014 (External URL)
  • Mycangia of Ambrosia Beetles Host Communities of Bacteria

    Springer-Verlag (External URL)
  • Species loss on spatial patterns and composition of zoonotic parasites

    Abstract Text Link (External URL)
    Full Text Link (External URL)
    Publication PDF (External URL)
  • Upward ant distribution shift corresponds with minimum, not maximum, temperature tolerance

    Wiley Online Library (External URL)
  • Urban Warming Drives Insect Pest Abundance on Street Trees

    PLoS ONE (External URL)
  • Urban warming trumps natural enemy regulation of herbivorous pests

    Dale and Frank, 2014 (External URL)
  • Urbanization Increases Pathogen Pressure on Feral and Managed Honey Bees

    Youngsteadt et al. 2015 (External URL)
  • Using Physiology to Predict the Responses of Ants to Climatic Warming

    Abstract (External URL)
  • Who likes it hot? A global analysis of the climatic, ecological, and evolutionary determinants of warming tolerance in ants

    Global Change Biology (External URL)
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