By Oswald J. Schmitz
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Essentially, we now have two strategies in the same population vying for existence at the cooler margin. However, individuals with the smaller body plan have a distinct advantage because they are able to conserve heat better than larger individuals. Suppose that this energy saving can climate: template for global biodive r sity 35 be allocated to reproduction and that small parents tend to produce offspring with a similar body plan. Individuals with the smaller body plan, a smaller phenotype, will then have higher fitness at the cooler margin than their larger counterparts and over time come to dominate the population at the margin.
The imthe playing field—change, so do successful strategies. plication here is that changes in individual strategies ultimately change the nature of the playing field and the game in a continuous feedback cycle. This makes environmental problems “wicked” problems (Ludwig et al. 2001). In light of this, ecologists must be careful about the way they conduct their science to ensure that they gain reliable understanding of the way environmental change influences ecosystems. Asking functional questions is a powerful way to study nature and contribute to environmental problem solving because it forces one to think about the root cause of a pattern or process.
It is easy to deduce using the principles described at the beginning of this chapter that higher atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases will We now are entering an era where lead to rising average global temperglobal climate change, brought about by rising levels of greenature. But, what exactly is that new house gases, has the potential to temperature? What will be the attenalter the distribution of life on the dant consequences of that temperaplanet as we know it. ture rise on the diversity of life on earth?