Data from: Does metabolism constrain bird and mammal ranges and predict shifts in response to climate change?

Lauren B. Buckley, Imran Khaliq, David L. Swanson & Christian Hof
Mechanistic approaches for predicting the ranges of endotherms are needed to forecast their responses to environmental change. We test whether physiological constraints on maximum metabolic rate and the factor by which endotherms can elevate their metabolism (metabolic expansibility) influence cold range limits for mammal and bird species. We examine metabolic expansibility at the cold range boundary (MECRB) and whether species’ traits can predict variability in MECRB and then use MECRB as an initial approach to...
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