Climate may play a bigger role than deforestation in rainforest biodiversity: Small mammals in South America help scientists see forest-wide patterns

ScienceDaily | Jan 19, 2020 at 6:50 PM
  • The better we measure what’s in these rainforests, the more likely we are to find patterns that inform conservation efforts.
  • This is how de la Sancha and his co-authors found, based on functional and phylogenetic measures, that while deforestation causes local extinctions, climate-related variables had more of an effect on small mammal biodiversity patterns across the entire forest system.
  • This study and others provide strong evidence of climate change’s effects on large ecosystems, underlining the urgency of studying and protecting habitats like the Atlantic Forest, the South American forest system at the center of the study.