Nikki Moore

McGill University
M.Sc. candidate

Supervisor: Jennifer Sunday
Start: 2021-09-01
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Mechanisms behind global patterns of thermal niche filling
Temperature is one of many factors that shapes the large-scale distribution of life. As a result, the global redistribution of species is already occurring in response to climate warming. Yet range shifts are variable among taxa, suggesting different relationships between temperature and species’ ranges. While some range limits are set by temperature, others may be set by dispersal, biotic interactions, or other environmental tolerances. My project uses data on hundreds of plant and animal species to investigate how the relationship between temperature and species' range limits differs across species and range edges, and explores potential drivers behind this variation.


climate change, Range shift, range limits, temperature, thermal niche, biogeography, redistribution, biodiversity, global change, macroecology