Editor’s note: This article is the second in a two-part series focused on forests and climate change. The first article discussed how forests interact with carbon – primarily as sources and sinks for atmospheric carbon. This article discusses just a few of the myriad ways that forest ecosystems – trees, wildlife and the ecosystem services that forests regulate – are impacted by climate change.
Scott Mills reaches across the table and grabs a salt shaker in one hand and a pepper shaker in the other. The salt represents a snowshoe hare in its winter coat, the pepper that same hare in its summer coat. He moves the shakers around the table, a bit of drama to underscore his point.
Mills, a wildlife biology professor at the University of Montana has studied snowshoe hares and climate change for the past two decades and finds the intersection of if and how animals can adapt to our changing climate “totally fascinating.” [Read more…]