Science Enabled by Specimen Data

McClure, M. L., Haase, C. G., Hranac, C. R., Hayman, D. T. S., Dickson, B. G., McGuire, L. P., … Saupe, E. (2021). A hybrid correlative‐mechanistic approach for modeling winter distributions of North American bat species. Journal of Biogeography. doi:10.1111/jbi.14130 https://doi.org/10.1111/jbi.14130

Aim: The fungal pathogen Pseudogymnoascus destructans and resultant white-nose syndrome (WNS) continues to advance across North America, infecting new bat hibernacula. Western North America hosts the highest bat diversity in the United States and Canada, yet little is known about hibernacula and hib…

Ethier, J. P., Fayard, A., Soroye, P., Choi, D., Mazerolle, M. J., & Trudeau, V. L. (2021). Life history traits and reproductive ecology of North American chorus frogs of the genus Pseudacris (Hylidae). Frontiers in Zoology, 18(1). doi:10.1186/s12983-021-00425-w https://doi.org/10.1186/s12983-021-00425-w

Amphibian biodiversity is declining globally, with over 40% of species being considered threatened to become extinct. Crucial to the success of conservation initiatives are a comprehensive understanding of life history and reproductive ecology of target species. Here we provide an overview of the Ps…

Miller, E. F., Green, R. E., Balmford, A., Maisano Delser, P., Beyer, R., Somveille, M., … Manica, A. (2021). Bayesian Skyline Plots disagree with range size changes based on Species Distribution Models for Holarctic birds. Molecular Ecology. doi:10.1111/mec.16032 https://doi.org/10.1111/mec.16032

During the Quaternary, large climate oscillations impacted the distribution and demography of species globally. Two approaches have played a major role in reconstructing changes through time: Bayesian Skyline Plots (BSPs), which reconstruct population fluctuations based on genetic data, and Species …

Hughes, A. C., Orr, M. C., Ma, K., Costello, M. J., Waller, J., Provoost, P., … Qiao, H. (2021). Sampling biases shape our view of the natural world. Ecography. doi:10.1111/ecog.05926 https://doi.org/10.1111/ecog.05926

Spatial patterns of biodiversity are inextricably linked to their collection methods, yet no synthesis of bias patterns or their consequences exists. As such, views of organismal distribution and the ecosystems they make up may be incorrect, undermining countless ecological and evolutionary studies.…

Wieringa, J. G., Carstens, B. C., & Gibbs, H. L. (2021). Predicting migration routes for three species of migratory bats using species distribution models. PeerJ, 9, e11177. doi:10.7717/peerj.11177 https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.11177

Understanding seasonal variation in the distribution and movement patterns of migratory species is essential to monitoring and conservation efforts. While there are many species of migratory bats in North America, little is known about their seasonal movements. In terms of conservation, this is impo…

Kochmann, J., Cunze, S., & Klimpel, S. (2021). Climatic niche comparison of raccoons Procyon lotor and raccoon dogs Nyctereutes procyonoides in their native and non‐native ranges. Mammal Review. doi:10.1111/mam.12249 https://doi.org/10.1111/mam.12249

During the last century, the practice of fur farming in Europe led to the introduction of two mammal species from opposite ends of the world. With their subsequent unintentional escape from captivity or intentional releases, the process of slow expansion and establishment in Europe began. The raccoo…

Yoğurtçuoğlu, B., Bucak, T., Ekmekçi, F. G., Kaya, C., & Tarkan, A. S. (2021). Mapping the Establishment and Invasiveness Potential of Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) in Turkey: With Special Emphasis on the Conservation of Native Salmonids. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 8. doi:10.3389/fevo.2020.599881 https://doi.org/10.3389/fevo.2020.599881

Rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) has become by far the most frequently farmed freshwater fish species in Turkey, whereas very little is known about its establishment and invasiveness potential. We explored this potential through a combination of Maxent habitat suitability model and the Aquatic Sp…

Le Sage, E. H., Duncan, S. I., Seaborn, T., Cundiff, J., Rissler, L. J., & Crespi, E. J. (2021). Ecological adaptation drives wood frog population divergence in life history traits. Heredity. doi:10.1038/s41437-021-00409-w https://doi.org/10.1038/s41437-021-00409-w

Phenotypic variation among populations is thought to be generated from spatial heterogeneity in environments that exert selection pressures that overcome the effects of gene flow and genetic drift. Here, we tested for evidence of isolation by distance or by ecology (i.e., ecological adaptation) to g…

Parker, S. D., Perkin, J. S., Bean, M. G., Lutz‐Carrillo, D., & Acre, M. R. (2021). Temporal distribution modelling reveals upstream habitat drying and downstream non‐native introgression are squeezing out an imperiled headwater fish. Diversity and Distributions. doi:10.1111/ddi.13214 https://doi.org/10.1111/ddi.13214

Aim: To review the conservation status of Headwater catfish Ictalurus lupus (Girard,1859) in the United States, including quantifying environmental correlates with range contraction and hybridization and introgression with Channel catfish Ictalurus punctatus (Rafinesque, 1818) to inform conservatio…

Andersen, D., Borzée, A., & Jang, Y. (2021). Predicting global climatic suitability for the four most invasive anuran species using ecological niche factor analysis. Global Ecology and Conservation, 25, e01433. doi:10.1016/j.gecco.2020.e01433 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gecco.2020.e01433

Invasive species have a massive impact on their environment and predicting geographical zones at risk of invasion is paramount to the control of further invasions. Invasive anurans are particularly detrimental to native amphibian species, other vertebrates, and even aquaculture through competition, …