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Temperature synchronizes temporal variation in laying dates across European hole‐nesting passerines

1 NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology [Trondheim]
2 IBI NTNU - Department of Biology [Trondheim]
3 Département écologie évolutive [LBBE]
4 Evolutionary Ecology Group
5 NRM - Swedish Museum of Natural History
6 Unidad de Investigación
7 NIOO-KNAW - Netherlands Institute of Ecology
8 IZW - Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research
9 ICBiBE - Institut Cavanilles de Biodiversitat i Biologia Evolutiva
10 PSH - Plantes et systèmes de culture horticoles
11 University of Exeter
12 UCM - Universidad Complutense de Madrid = Complutense University of Madrid [Madrid]
13 CEFE - Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive
14 University of Oxford
15 Department of Agriculture and Forest Sciences
16 CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
17 UNSW - University of New South Wales [Sydney]
18 Museum and Institute of Zoology
19 Department of Biology (Ethology)
20 University of Turku
21 Cardiff University
22 University of Gloucestershire [Gloucester]
23 Lancaster University
24 CEH - Centre for Ecology and Hydrology [Wallingford]
25 CRI - Centre de Recherche en Informatique de Paris 1
26 Institute of Ecology of Nature Research Centre
27 Department of Behavioural Ecology and Evolutionary Genetics
28 University of Montana
29 IPE - CSIC - Instituto Pirenaico de Ecologìa = Pyrenean Institute of Ecology [Zaragoza]
30 UA - University of Antwerp
31 Department of Ecology
32 NINA - Norwegian Institute for Nature Research
33 University of Oulu
34 Museu de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona
Andrey Bushuev
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David Canal
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Ella F Cole
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Tapio Eeva
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Kjell Einar Erikstad
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Peter N Ferns
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Anvar B Kerimov
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John Atle Kålås
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Claire Lavigne
Agu Leivits
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Ben C Sheldon
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Alberto Sorace
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János Török
Emma Vatka
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Bernt‐erik Sæther
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Identifying the environmental drivers of variation in fitness-related traits is a central objective in ecology and evolutionary biology. Temporal fluctuations of these environmental drivers are often synchronized at large spatial scales. Yet, whether synchronous environmental conditions can generate spatial synchrony in fitness-related trait values (i.e., correlated temporal trait fluctuations across populations) is poorly understood. Using data from long- term monitored populations of blue tits (Cyanistes caeruleus, n = 31), great tits (Parus major, n = 35) and pied flycatchers (Ficedula hypoleuca, n = 20) across Europe, we assessed the influence of two local climatic variables (mean temperature and mean precipitation in February-May) on spatial synchrony in three fitness-related traits: laying date, clutch size, and fledgling number. We found a high degree of spatial synchrony in laying date, but a lower degree in clutch size and fledgling number for each species. Temperature strongly influenced spatial synchrony in laying date for resident blue tits and great tits, but not for migratory pied flycatchers. This is a relevant finding in the context of environmental impacts on populations because spatial synchrony in fitness-related trait values among populations may influence fluctuations in vital rates or population abundances. If environmentally induced spatial synchrony in fitness-related traits increases the spatial synchrony in vital rates or population abundances, this will ultimately increase the risk of extinction for populations and species. Assessing how environmental conditions influence spatiotemporal variation in trait values improves our mechanistic understanding of environmental impacts on populations.
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hal-03841429 , version 1 (07-11-2022)




Stefan J G Vriend, Vidar Grøtan, Marlène Gamelon, Frank Adriaensen, Markus P Ahola, et al.. Temperature synchronizes temporal variation in laying dates across European hole‐nesting passerines. Ecology, 2023, 104 (2), pp.e3908. ⟨10.1002/ecy.3908⟩. ⟨hal-03841429⟩
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