New UAF Caribou and Climate Research

FAIRBANKS- Scientists know caribou habitats move location in relation to climate conditions, but they’ve recently discovered that unstable habitats decrease genetic diversity of caribou. They predicted, herds in northeastern Canada will lose 89 percent of their habitat in the next 60 years, leaving the herd virtually decimated. Those caribou will have very little genetic diversity to cope with the new environment and could become extinct. Scientists forecasted there will be more stable habitats in the upper latitudes of Alaska, Asia, and Europe.  Herds in these locations will fare better and have more genetic diversity.