HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Same species responds differently to same warming, depending on location

Based on current trends for both air and water temperatures, by 2100 the body temperatures of California mussels -- found along thousands of miles of coast in the northeast Pacific Ocean and not just in California - could increase between about 2 degrees F and 6.5 F depending on where they live.

For areas where mussels already are living close to the edge, chances are that increases of 6.5 F will kill them, researchers say.

Unlike humans, the body temperature of marine animals such as mussels is regulated by the temperature of the air and water around them - and it's not the simple 1-degree warmer and 1-degree rise in body temperature that has been assumed, says Sarah Gilman, a University of Washington postdoctoral researcher and lead author of a paper appearing online June 5 through June 9 in the Early Edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

For the first time, Gilman and her co-authors show that even if the weather warms the air and water the same amounts in one area as another, the actual effect on mussel body temperatures can vary because of local climate. For example, in Washington, air temperature appears to be more important in driving mussel temperature while in southern California, water temperature is the more important factor.

"This is an important consideration for conservation biologists trying to understand how a species might handle global warming and to those proposing reserves in marine environments," Gilman says. "Protected areas will need to be in places where marine animals can live in the face of climate change."

In work funded by the National Science Foundation, NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, data loggers - tiny computers with thermometers - have been used to collect information in mussel beds. The data loggers, nicknamed "robomussels," record the temperatures being experienced by the surrounding mussels every 10 minutes for months at a time. <
'"/>

Contact: Sandra Hines
shines@u.washington.edu
206-543-2580
University of Washington
5-Jun-2006


Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Lost forest yields several new species
2. Surprising new species of light-harvesting bacterium discovered in Yellowstone
3. Smithsonians National Zoo researchers use electronic eggs to help save threatened species
4. One species, many genomes
5. Reconstructing the biology of extinct species: A new approach
6. Researchers find 24 species believed new to science in Suriname rainforest
7. Scientists discover 5 new species of sea slugs from the Tropical Eastern Pacific
8. Biting discovery: MU entomologist finds host of new aquatic insect species in Thailand
9. When lava flows and glaciers recede, predicting how species take over
10. Tropical birds have slow pace of life compared to northern species, study finds
11. Cornell lab confirms deadly fish virus spreading to new species

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:4/13/2017)... According to a new market research report "Consumer ... Administration, and Authorization), Service, Authentication Type, Deployment Mode, Vertical, and Region - ... to grow from USD 14.30 Billion in 2017 to USD 31.75 Billion ... ... MarketsandMarkets Logo ...
(Date:4/11/2017)... DUBLIN , Apr. 11, 2017 Research ... Tracking Market 2017-2021" report to their offering. ... The global eye tracking market to grow at ... The report, Global Eye Tracking Market 2017-2021, has been prepared based ... report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the ...
(Date:4/11/2017)... , April 11, 2017 NXT-ID, ... security technology company, announces the appointment of independent Directors Mr. ... to its Board of Directors, furthering the company,s corporate ... ... NXT-ID, we look forward to their guidance and benefiting from ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:7/20/2017)... ... July 20, 2017 , ... Corporate Directors Forum is recognizing six San ... of the Year Awards. , The awards will be presented Thursday, September 7th, from ... celebrates directors who have made significantly positive contributions in the boardrooms of some of ...
(Date:7/18/2017)... ... July 18, 2017 , ... Sourcing custom glass or ... needs and has the capabilities to properly execute your job can take many hours ... is a sourcing portal designed to showcase the company’s capabilities and core custom ...
(Date:7/18/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Blood centers traditionally see a dangerous drop of blood donations ... struggle for community blood centers as high schools are out and many frequent donors ... is teaming up with the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC), ...
(Date:7/17/2017)... ... ... Whitehouse Laboratories is excited to announce that it has ... ISO 80369 standard test procedures. The ISO 80369 series of eight test standards ... this recent expansion, Whitehouse Labs becomes one of the only facilities in the ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: