Title Potential changes in vegetation structure in US due to climate change and its implications for wildlife
 Collaborators Elena Shevliakova (Princeton)
 Keywords ecological impacts, species richness, climate change
 Abstract Modeling vegetation distribution structure is an important step in understanding fauna's response to climate change because vegetation community provide shelter, foraging and breeding grounds, and migration and wintering sites. Insights into how these grounds and sites can potentially change contribute to our understanding of potential impacts of climate change on terrestrial biodiversity. This project examines climate-vegetation relationship over the North American continent with a specific focus on the US territory. Furthermore, it explores which types of US vegetation and which geographical locations are more likely to undergo significant changes. The quantitative and qualitative information about species richness in different types of habitat is gathered through a literature survey. This information is combined with the results of the analysis on climate-vegetation relationships in order to explore potential implications for species richness.