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Do cities simulate climate change? A comparison of herbivore response to urban and global warming

Overview of attention for article published in Global Change Biology, August 2014
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Title
Do cities simulate climate change? A comparison of herbivore response to urban and global warming
Published in
Global Change Biology, August 2014
DOI 10.1111/gcb.12692
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Authors

Elsa Youngsteadt, Adam G. Dale, Adam J. Terando, Robert R. Dunn, Steven D. Frank

Abstract

Cities experience elevated temperature, CO2 , and nitrogen deposition decades ahead of the global average, such that biological response to urbanization may predict response to future climate change. This hypothesis remains untested due to a lack of complementary urban and long-term observations. Here, we examine the response of an herbivore, the scale insect Melanaspis tenebricosa, to temperature in the context of an urban heat island, a series of historical temperature fluctuations, and recent climate warming. We survey M. tenebricosa on 55 urban street trees in Raleigh, NC, 342 herbarium specimens collected in the rural southeastern United States from 1895 to 2011, and at 20 rural forest sites represented by both modern (2013) and historical samples. We relate scale insect abundance to August temperatures and find that M. tenebricosa is most common in the hottest parts of the city, on historical specimens collected during warm time periods, and in present-day rural forests compared to the same sites when they were cooler. Scale insects reached their highest densities in the city, but abundance peaked at similar temperatures in urban and historical datasets and tracked temperature on a decadal scale. Although urban habitats are highly modified, species response to a key abiotic factor, temperature, was consistent across urban and rural-forest ecosystems. Cities may be an appropriate but underused system for developing and testing hypotheses about biological effects of climate change. Future work should test the applicability of this model to other groups of organisms.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 3 2%
Mexico 2 1%
United Kingdom 1 <1%
Czechia 1 <1%
Sweden 1 <1%
Canada 1 <1%
France 1 <1%
Japan 1 <1%
Netherlands 1 <1%
Other 0 0%
Unknown 187 94%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 48 24%
Researcher 43 22%
Student > Master 30 15%
Student > Bachelor 19 10%
Student > Doctoral Student 11 6%
Other 32 16%
Unknown 16 8%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 100 50%
Environmental Science 52 26%
Earth and Planetary Sciences 8 4%
Design 2 1%
Engineering 2 1%
Other 11 6%
Unknown 24 12%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 84. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 05 September 2018.
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#309,302
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#339
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#3,724
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#4
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