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PLOS Science Wednesday: Hi Reddit, my name is Ken Tape and I recently published a PLOS ONE study showing the moose habitat expanded into the tundra during the 1800s, likely due to global warming and climate change – Ask Me Anything!
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Hi Reddit, My name is Ken Tape and I am a Research Scientist at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. My research focuses on the effects of climate change on the landscape, including its soils, vegetation, and wildlife. I recently published a study in PLOS ONE titled “Range Expansion of Moose in Arctic Alaska Linked to Warming and Increased Shrub Habitat”. The goal of our study was to examine the factors contributing to moose’s range expansion across the Alaskan Arctic during the 20th century. We accomplished this largely by estimating available moose habitat – tall shrubs along rivers and streams – during the late 1800s. We showed that moose habitat was greatly reduced during the 1800s, when moose were absent from the region. We think that warming increased moose habitat and caused its range expansion into the tundra. I will be discussing the study and answering questions at 1pm ET. I look forward to your questions!