Reproductive phenology of large mammals

Jeffrey Kerby, Eric Post

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Many large herbivores, specifically ungulates, display a distinct seasonality in their reproductive phenology. Focusing on empirical studies of caribou/reindeer, moose, and red deer, we illustrate the influence of abiotic (i.e. climatic) and biotic (i.e., density dependent) factors on the timing of calving-an important life-history trait affecting population dynamics. Furthermore, we clarify the distinction between the concepts of timing and synchrony of births, as well as the difference between long-term (i.e., evolutionary) and proximal influences on these population level traits. These distinctions are essential when interpreting the consequences of variation in the timing of parturition, particularly in the context of changing abiotic seasonality caused by climate change.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPhenology
Subtitle of host publicationAn Integrative Environmental Science
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9789400769250
ISBN (Print)9400769245, 9789400769243
StatePublished - Nov 1 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • General Environmental Science


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