Figure 1: Relationship between species’ temperature preferences and population trends under climate change.

From: Cross-realm assessment of climate change impacts on species’ abundance trends

Figure 1

Each dragonfly represents a species; temperature preference is reflected in the colour shading from warm (red) to cool (blue). If climate change is an important driver of long-term population trends, we predicted a positive relationship between species temperature preference and long-term population trend. This approach is a short-cut to understanding the effect of climate change (environmental change) on a community by assuming that species vary in their response according to their particular temperature preference (species attribute). This framework can be generalized to test the effects of other environmental change using the most relevant species attribute.