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Top predators provide insurance against climate change

TitleTop predators provide insurance against climate change
Publication TypeManual Entry
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsSala, Enric
TRENDS IN ECOLOGY & EVOLUTION
Volume21
Pagination479-480
Date PublishedSEP
ISSN0169-5347
Abstract

Recent research by Wilmers et al. shows that top predators might buffer some of the ecological effects of climate change. Top predators can regulate the structure of entire communities and dampen their variability; however, in their absence, prey populations are likely to fluctuate greatly owing to bottom-up factors. Restoring top predators to their natural environment could provide insurance against undesired effects of climate change on ecological communities.

DOI10.1016/j.tree.2006.07.006
Citation Key1031
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