Article on epiphyte response to climate change published in F1000Research


F1000Research highlighted my article on the response of epiphytes to drought and experimental warming. The paper, with co-author Miles Silman, was published in F1000Research on June 6, 2014. We experimentally moved epiphytes up and down slope across a gradient in temperature and cloud immersion in the Peruvian Andes. The epiphytes we moved downslope into warmer and drier conditions faired poorer than those that stayed in place or were moved upslope, suggesting epiphytes are threatened by climate change. The study was not all bad news, however. Epiphytes at lower elevations, which are naturally warmer and drier, were less effected by drought conditions, suggesting some capacity for adaptation to new climate conditions.