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

Vriend, Stefan J G, Grotan, Vidar, Gamelon, Marlene, Adriaensen, Frank, Ahola, Markus P., Alvarez, Elena, Bailey, Liam D, Barba, Emilio, Bouvier, Jean-Charles, Burgess, Malcolm D, Bushuev, Andrey, Camacho, Carlos, Canal, David, Charmantier, Anne, Cole, Ella F., Cusimano, Camillo, Doligez, Blandine F., Drobniak, Szymon M, Dubiec, Anna, Eens, Marcel, Eeva, Tapio, Erikstad, Kjell Einar, Ferns, Peter N., Goodenough, Anne E ORCID: 0000-0002-7662-6670, Hartley, Ian R., Hinsley, Shelley A., Ivankina, Elena, Juškaitis, Rimvydas, Kempenaers, Bart, Kerimov, Anvar B, Kalas, John Atle, Lavigne, Claire, Leivits, Agu, Mainwaring, Mark C., Martinez-Padilla, Jesus, Matthysen, Erik, van Oers, Kees, Orell, Markku, Pinxten, Rianne, Reiertsen, Tone Kristin, Rytkönen, Seppo, Senar, Juan Carlos, Sheldon, Ben C, Sorace, Alberto, Török, János, Vatka, Emma, Visser, Marcel E and Saether, Bernt-Erik (2023) Temperature synchronizes temporal variation in laying dates across European hole-nesting passerines. Ecology, 104 (2). ART e3908. doi:10.1002/ecy.3908

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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 an important 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 environment-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.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Birds; Climate; Clutch size; Comparative analysis; Fitness-related traits; Fledgling number; Passerines; Phenology; Spatial synchrony; Timing of breeding; Weather
Subjects: Q Science > QL Zoology > QL605 Chordates. Vertebrates > QL671-699 Birds
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Research Priority Areas: Place, Environment and Community
Depositing User: Anna Kerr
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2022 12:58
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 08:57
URI: https://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/11593

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