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dc.contributor.authorDebinski, Diane M.
dc.contributor.authorVanNimwegen, Ron E.
dc.contributor.authorJakubauskas, Mark E.
dc.date.accessioned2018-12-04T17:03:16Z
dc.date.available2018-12-04T17:03:16Z
dc.date.issued2006-02
dc.identifier.citationDiane M. Debinski, Ron E. VanNimwegen and Mark E. Jakubauskas. "Quantifying Relationships Between Bird and Butterfly Community Shifts and Environmental Change" Ecological Applications Vol. 16 Iss. 1 (2006) p. 380 - 393en_US
dc.identifier.issn1939-5582
dc.identifier.urihttps://scholarworks.montana.edu/xmlui/handle/1/15044
dc.description.abstractQuantifying the manner in which ecological communities respond during a time of decreasing precipitation is a first step in understanding how they will respond to longer‐term climate change. Here we coupled analysis of interannual variability in remotely sensed data with analyses of bird and butterfly community changes in montane meadow communities of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Landsat satellite imagery was used to classify these meadows into six types along a hydrological gradient. The northern portion of the ecosystem, or Gallatin region, has smaller mean patch sizes separated by ridges of mountains, whereas the southern portion of the ecosystem, or Teton region, has much larger patches within the Jackson Hole valley. Both support a similar suite of butterfly and bird species. The Gallatin region showed more overall among‐year variation in the normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) when meadow types were pooled within regions, perhaps because the patch sizes are smaller on average. Bird and butterfly communities showed significant relationships relative to meadow type and NDVI. We identified several key species that are tightly associated with specific meadow types along the hydrological gradient. Comparing taxonomic groups, fewer birds showed specific habitat affinities than butterflies, perhaps because birds are responding to differences in habitat structure among meadow types and using the landscape at a coarser scale than the butterflies. Comparing regions, the Teton region showed higher predictability of community assemblages as compared to the Gallatin region. The Gallatin region exhibited more significant temporal trends with respect to butterflies. Butterfly communities in wet meadows showed a distinctive shift along the hydrological gradient during a drought period (1997–2000). These results imply that the larger Teton meadows will show more predictable (i.e., static) species–habitat associations over the long term, but that the smaller Gallatin meadows may be an area that will exhibit the effects of global climate change faster.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipUniversity of Wyoming, National Park Service Research Center; Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Ecological Assessment and Restoration program grant number 96-NCERQA-1Aen_US
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dc.titleQuantifying Relationships Between Bird and Butterfly Community Shifts and Environmental Changeen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
mus.citation.extentfirstpage380en_US
mus.citation.extentlastpage393en_US
mus.citation.issue1en_US
mus.citation.journaltitleEcological Applicationsen_US
mus.citation.volume16en_US
mus.identifier.categoryLife Sciences & Earth Sciencesen_US
mus.identifier.doi10.1890/04-1896en_US
mus.relation.collegeCollege of Letters & Scienceen_US
mus.relation.departmentEcology.en_US
mus.relation.universityMontana State University - Bozemanen_US
mus.data.thumbpage12en_US


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