Sunday, August 24, 2014

My Year of Darwin 8/24/2014: climate and populations

 Charles Darwin

"Climate plays an important part in determining the average number of a species, and periodical seasons of extreme cold or drought seem to be the most effective of all checks." Charles Darwin, Origin of Species 2nd edition

Funny that he goes from saying that we don't know anything about checks to identifying the primary check.

My understanding of the role of climate is this: it is important for ectotherms  throughout their range and for endotherms on the fringes of their range. 

Climate is a big deal, which makes climate change a big deal. Duh! 

School starts tomorrow and a little distracted. 

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