Susan C. Loeb and Eric A. Winters Indiana bat summer maternity distribution: effects of current and future climates Ecology and Evolution 3
Our objectives were to determine the climatic and topographic (i.e., elevation) factors associated with Indiana bat maternity range and forecast changes in the overall amount and distribution of the maternity range under various carbon emission scenarios and global circulation models (GCM). Average maximum temperature across the maternity season was the most influential variable explaining the current distribution of Indiana bat maternity colonies. The areal extent of Indiana bat maternity colonies was forecasted to decline and the distribution was forecasted to shift from the Midwestern US to the northeastern US and southern Appalachians.
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