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dc.contributor.authorMaghiar, Lăcrămioara M
dc.contributor.authorStoica, Ilie A
dc.contributor.authorTanentzap, Andrew J
dc.date.accessioned2021-11-02T01:29:01Z
dc.date.available2021-11-02T01:29:01Z
dc.date.issued2021-08-25
dc.identifier.issn2045-7758
dc.identifier.otherPMC8462177
dc.identifier.other34594502
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/330181
dc.description.abstractBoth climate change and human exploitation are major threats to plant life in mountain environments. One species that may be particularly sensitive to both of these stressors is the iconic alpine flower edelweiss (<i>Leontopodium alpinu</i>m Colm.). Its populations have declined across Europe due to over-collection for its highly prized flowers. Edelweiss is still subject to harvesting across the Romanian Carpathians, but no study has measured to what extent populations are vulnerable to anthropogenic change.Here, we estimated the effects of climate and human disturbance on the fitness of edelweiss. We combined demographic measurements with predictions of future range distribution under climate change to assess the viability of populations across Romania.We found that per capita and per-area seed number and seed mass were similarly promoted by both favorable environmental conditions, represented by rugged landscapes with relatively cold winters and wet summers, and reduced exposure to harvesting, represented by the distance of plants from hiking trails. Modeling these responses under future climate scenarios suggested a slight increase in per-area fitness. However, we found plant ranges contracted by between 14% and 35% by 2050, with plants pushed into high elevation sites.<i>Synthesis</i>. Both total seed number and seed mass are expected to decline across Romania despite individual edelweiss fitness benefiting from a warmer and wetter climate. More generally, our approach of coupling species distribution models with demographic measurements may better inform conservation strategies of ways to protect alpine life in a changing world.
dc.languageeng
dc.rightsAttribution 4.0 International
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.sourceessn: 2045-7758
dc.sourcenlmid: 101566408
dc.subjectClimate change
dc.subjectPlant Fitness
dc.subjectBiotic Interactions
dc.subjectSpecies Distribution Models
dc.subjectHuman Exploitation
dc.subjectGlobal Change Ecology
dc.subjectLong‐Term Population Persistence
dc.titleIntegrating demography and distribution modeling for the iconic <i>Leontopodium alpinum</i> Colm. in the Romanian Carpathians.
dc.typeArticle
dc.date.updated2021-11-02T01:29:00Z
prism.endingPage12334
prism.issueIdentifier18
prism.publicationNameEcology and evolution
prism.startingPage12322
prism.volume11
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.77623
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1002/ece3.7864
rioxxterms.versionVoR
rioxxterms.licenseref.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.contributor.orcidMaghiar, Lăcrămioara M [0000-0003-4955-4760]
dc.contributor.orcidStoica, Ilie A [0000-0001-9867-510X]
dc.contributor.orcidTanentzap, Andrew J [0000-0002-2883-1901]


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