Yoder publishes on biodiversity in Madagascar


Photo by Jason Brown

Anne Yoder and former postdoc Jason Borwn (CCNY) have published "A necessarily complex model to explain the biogeography of reptiles and amphibians in Madagascar" in Nature Communications (October 2014).  The article studies the distribution of more than 700 species combined with historical and contemporary data on climate, topography, and other environmental variables.  It demonstrates that different species respond to different factors--tree frogs react to changes of elevation, but leaf chameleons to stability in their climate.  Any predictions of how climate change will affect biodiversity must look at small groups of related species.  As Brown said, "A one-size-fits-all model doesn't exist."

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