Dr. Charles van Riper of the USGS Sonoran Desert Research station is the senior author on a new Open File report, "Projecting Climate Effects on Birds and Reptiles of the Southwestern United States." According to the USGS press release, "Dramatic distribution losses and a few major distribution gains are forecasted for southwestern bird and reptile species as the climate changes." Species impacted by distibution losses include the iconic chuckwalla. "Changes of this magnitude may have profound effects on distribution and viability of many species,” explained Dr. Steve Jackson of the DOI Southwest Climate Science Center.
The new report has already been featured in Science Daily and E & E news.
The report can be read at http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2014/1050/ and the USGS press release at http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article.asp?ID=3861#.U02m1_ldXj0
Dr. van Riper and Dr. Steve Jackson are both affiliated faculty with SNRE.