Climate change and the outbreak ranges of two North American bark beetles

  title={Climate change and the outbreak ranges of two North American bark beetles},
  author={David W. Williams and Andrew M. Liebhold},
  journal={Agricultural and Forest Entomology},
Abstract 1  One expected effect of global climate change on insect populations is a shift in geographical distributions toward higher latitudes and higher elevations. Southern pine beetle Dendroctonus frontalis and mountain pine beetle Dendroctonus ponderosae undergo regional outbreaks that result in large‐scale disturbances to pine forests in the south‐eastern and western United States, respectively. 2  Our objective was to investigate potential range shifts under climate change of outbreak… 

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