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Climate change can have devastating effects on endangered species, but
new mathematical models may be able to aid conservation of a population
of bighorn sheep.
The effects of a changing climate on a population of bighorn sheep
can be mathematically predicted, as described in a recent paper
recommended by Faculty of 1000 Biology members Barry Brook and Lochran
Researchers from Germany, the US, and Mexico studied a population of
bighorn sheep introduced to Tiburon island, Mexico, in 1975. Here, the
sheep are not at risk from disease or predators, and climate change is
the only variable threat to the animals. In this new study, the
researchers predicted the effect of climate change on the sheep
population using a mathematical simulation. The sheep appear to be
vulnerable to increased drought in the area - a side-effect of global
climate change. More severe drought will eventually lead to a decrease
in the sheep population.
Being able to predict the effect of climate change before it happens
is of great importance to the conservation of endangered species. Brook
and Traill point out that their calculations can be adapted to other
species, in other regions: "The work is therefore an important
contribution towards [...] the continued conservation of small
populations under global change."
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