ENVIRONMENT GLOBAL WARMING AND CLIMATE CHANGE: Biologist's Ant Research Provides Long-Term Look at Effects of Climate Change

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ENVIRONMENT GLOBAL WARMING AND CLIMATE CHANGE: Biologist's Ant Research Provides Long-Term Look at Effects of Climate Change

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ENVIRONMENT GLOBAL WARMING AND CLIMATE CHANGE:

Biologist's Ant Research
Provides Long-Term Look at Effects of Climate Change

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Biologist's Ant Research
Provides Long-Term Look at Effects of Climate Change

Date:  December 30, 2016

Source: Bowling Green State University

Summary:

Many scientists have attempted to tackle how climate change will affect
the natural world by determining the thermal tolerance of various species,
then predicting what will happen to them as our world warms. However, this
approach as a way to understand nature has its drawbacks because one
species never acts alone, so comprehending how global change impacts these
interactions is crucial to a holistic understanding.

BGSU biologist Dr. Shannon Pelini

Science Daily

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/12/161230103209.htm

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The world of forest ants may provide a macrocosm of the complex reactions
and interactions among species affected by global climate change,
according to a research project involving Bowling Green State University
biologist Dr. Shannon Pelini.

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As escalating amounts of carbon dioxide are introduced into the
atmosphere, a chain reaction is induced, leading to increasingly warmer
temperatures, Pelini said. This is taking place at an alarming rate,
making it more important than ever that we understand how climate change
will affect our natural world.

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Many scientists have attempted to tackle this issue by determining the
thermal tolerance of various species, then predicting what will happen to
them as our world warms. However, this approach as a way to understand
nature has its drawbacks because one species never acts alone. Individuals
are constantly interacting with other species and the environment in which
they live, so comprehending how global change impacts these interactions
is crucial to a holistic understanding.

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Pelini and her colleagues have made significant progress in this direction
with their new study, "Climatic Warming Destabilizes Forest Ant
Communities," which looks at complex interactions of ant communities and
their responses to warming. The study was published in the Oct. 26 edition
of the journal Science Advances.

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Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy Program for Ecosystem Research and
the National Science Foundation, the long-term experiment looked at the
interactions ants exhibit over nesting structures in two distinctly
different geographical areas. As a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard
University, and in collaboration with investigators from the University of
Vermont, the University of Tennessee and North Carolina State University,
Pelini designed and built large warming chambers within Harvard Forest in
Massachusetts. These chambers were also replicated in Duke Forest in North
Carolina to provide a comparison to the cooler Harvard Forest.

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"It's one of the biggest climate change experiments in the entire world,
which is a really exciting thing to be a part of," Pelini said. "We were
shooting for understanding what goes on with ant communities that exist in
a cooler northern latitude and how their responses compare to the same
suite of species in populations that occur in the warmer lower latitude."

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The researchers, led by Dr. Sarah Diamond, now an assistant professor of
biology at Case Western Reserve University, placed artificial nest boxes
in the warming chambers and checked them once a month for five years to
measure which species of ants were utilizing them. They were interested to
see if the ant species in the nest boxes would differ depending on the
intensity of the warming treatment.

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"We literally put heaters around the forest floor and warmed the ant
communities up to see what would happen so we could more precisely ask how
extinction and colonization and occupancy of these local habitats change,"
Pelini said.

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In fact, Pelini and her colleagues found some interesting and unexpected
results. In warmer chambers, there was more occupancy of heat-loving ants,
which is intuitive. However, less expected was the amount of time those
ants were remaining in one single nest.


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