A new paper out of the lab demonstrates previously undocumented, climate-associated genomic clines in five species in the northwest Atlantic. Using climate forecasts, Stanley et al. (2018) predicts northward shifts in the observed clines and changes in the extent of suitable habitat for Atlantic cod, American lobster, sea scallop, northern shrimp, and invasive European green crab.

Environmental gradients play an important role in regulating population connectivity and understanding current and future population structure across taxa. Climate-associated diversity may thus influence population, species and ecosystem response to climate change.

A climate-associated multi-species cryptic genetic cline in the northwest Atlantic is available online from Science Advances.

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