NWC REU 2001
May 28 - August 3



Are Biological Hotspots Dependent on Climate?

Mario Lopez and Ken Howard



Biological hotspots are small geographical areas that contain much of Earth's biodiversity. Humans significantly threaten these areas and the species that reside in them with destruction. Moreover, because these biological hotspots occur in such small areas of the Earth, it is necessary to study whether a relationship exists between climates and the biological hotspots. Climate change could affect biological hotspots if such a relationship exists. This paper seeks to demonstrate that a direct relationship exists between climate regimes and biological hotspots.

Paper available upon request.