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Power woman Lily Leahy’s PhD project in the Australian Wet Tropics investigates how rainforest species are exposed to different forest microclimates and whether that could influence their vulnerability to climate change.
Covering a mountain gradient from sea to summit, the project compares ants living on the ground in contrast to ants living in the tree canopy, and ants active in the day compared to the night. This will help us to understand how different ecological strategies might provide opportunities for ants, and other rainforest species, to respond to climate change in the future.
The climate is changing at an unprecedented rate with significant consequences for global biodiversity. Tropical species are expected to be highly sensitive to climate change.
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