Pacific Salmon in Hot Water: Applying Aerobic Scope Models and Biotelemetry to Predict the Success of Spawning Migrations

@article{Farrell2008PacificSI,
  title={Pacific Salmon in Hot Water: Applying Aerobic Scope Models and Biotelemetry to Predict the Success of Spawning Migrations},
  author={Anthony P. Farrell and Scott G. Hinch and Steven J. Cooke and David A. Patterson and Glenn T. Crossin and Mike Lapointe and M. T. Mathes},
  journal={Physiological and Biochemical Zoology},
  year={2008},
  volume={81},
  pages={697 - 708}
}
Concern over global climate change is widespread, but quantifying relationships between temperature change and animal fitness has been a challenge for scientists. Our approach to this challenge was to study migratory Pacific salmon (Oncorhynchus spp.), fish whose lifetime fitness hinges on a once‐in‐a‐lifetime river migration to natal spawning grounds. Here, we suggest that their thermal optimum for aerobic scope is adaptive for river migration at the population level. We base this suggestion… 
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