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Alpine Mammal Research

Climate Change and Alpine Mammals

Funded by University of Nebraska

The effects of increased global temperatures are being measured in many biological systems. As global temperatures increase, species will be exposed to a changing range of potentially stressful temperatures, especially in species currently living at their thermal limits (alpine species). Warming temperatures may force alpine species to move to higher elevations to maintain thermoneutrality. Ultimately, if temperatures increase as predicted, alpine mammals may be unable to move higher and may face localized extinctions. ...continue

Current Research Projects

Current Research Projects in the Wilson Lab include: Sciurid and Pika thermal dynamics and climate change in the western mountains, energetic benefits of group huddling in flying squirrels, prairie dog colony expansion dynamics, skunk movements in prairies under different management, and winter vole activity and home range size.