Citation: Sandvik, H. (2006) Interspecific comparative analyses of demographic responsiveness to climatic variability: seabirds as a model system [abstract of a talk given at the 36th Annual Conference of the GfÖ in Bremen]. Verhandlungen der Gesellschaft für Ökologie, 36, 4.
Abstract: Documentation is accumulating from both terrestrial and aquatic
animals that climatic variability exerts effects on morphological, demographic and other
parameters. However, thus far many studies merely report whether or not or how strongly a
set of biological parameters co-varies with climatic parameters. The underlying causes are
often far more poorly understood. This is so partly because most studies centre on the
population level. In addition to descriptive studies of this kind, one should therefore
aim at understanding why species differ in their responses. In order to achieve this,
it is necessary to carry out interspecific comparative studies.