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Title: Shrinking body size as an ecological response to climate change
Authors: Sheridan, J.A.
Bickford, D. 
Issue Date: Nov-2011
Citation: Sheridan, J.A., Bickford, D. (2011-11). Shrinking body size as an ecological response to climate change. Nature Climate Change 1 (8) : 401-406. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Determining how climate change will affect global ecology and ecosystem services is one of the next important frontiers in environmental science. Many species already exhibit smaller sizes as a result of climate change and many others are likely to shrink in response to continued climate change, following fundamental ecological and metabolic rules. This could negatively impact both crop plants and protein sources such as fish that are important for human nutrition. Furthermore, heterogeneity in response is likely to upset ecosystem balances. We discuss future research directions to better understand the trend and help ameliorate the trophic cascades and loss of biodiversity that will probably result from continued decreases in organism size. © 2011 Macmillan Publishers Limited. All rights reserved.
Source Title: Nature Climate Change
ISSN: 1758678X
DOI: 10.1038/nclimate1259
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