Amy McDougall

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e-mail address
A.Mcdougall@uea.ac.uk
Title
Miss
First Name
Amy
Surname
McDougall
Institution
University of East Anglia
Current Position
PhD Researcher

Research Themes

WATER AND LAND
MODEL FACILITIES

PhD Researchers Profile

Tyndall Research Theme
CIAS
Duration of your PhD
2009/2012
Thesis's Supervisor
Rachel Warren
Funder
NERC-CASE WWF
My Thesis' Abstract

My abstract is at present more a series of questions,

1. How will a predicted increase in extreme weather events affect species distributions?

Is extreme weather a causal factor in the extinction of species? Can this be question be quantified by looking into the past? Do prolonged extreme weather events adversely affect species to a greater degree than single day extreme weather events? Does the life history stage of an individual make it more or less susceptible to extreme weather events? I will focus on temperature changes as an initial first step. As temperatures exceed species maximum critical temperature thresholds will mortality rates increase and result in extinctions? How does the likelihood of increased extreme temperature events affect species distributions? Is it possible to characterize how extremes in precipitation will affect extinction rates? For example in exploring the mechanism between Amphibians and Chytrid fungus? Can this extinction risk be linked with future species distributions?

2. Can we use predictions for different levels of taxonomic distribution to prioritize conservation efforts?

How will climate change affect different taxonomic levels of flora and fauna? Will some families/genus be disproportionately affected by climate change? Could this be used to inform conservation policies in the future?

Expertise

Climate modelling/downscaling

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