The interactive effects of climate and disturbance on tree species distributions
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Climate change is expected to alter species distributions as ranges shift to track favorable temperature and precipitation regimes. Range shifts are already being observed across a wide range of taxa, but many species are not keeping pace with the rate of recent climate warming. This is particularly true for tree species, which often experience significant migration lags due to a variety of non-climatic factors that can hinder range expansion or delay range retreats. Because many other species depend on trees for food or habitat, migration lags in tree species may have cascading impacts on a ...