Our former postdoc colleague Jennifer Sheridan, who just recently moved on to a new post at the University of Alabama and resident herpetologist David Bickford have recently published an article in Nature Climate Change entitled “Shrinking body size as an ecological response to climate change”.
They compiled evidence of how warming temperatures may lead to various taxa becoming smaller. The article is an interesting read and has been widely covered by the media including CNN, New York Times, Yahoo and hilariously, even The Onion.
David hopes that this perspective piece stimulates discussion and future scientific study in this area. Let’s hope that it does!