phenological shift

phenological shift

[‚fēn·ə‚läj·i·kəl ′shift]
(ecology)
A change in the timing of growth and breeding events in the life of an individual organism.
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Results of phenological studies suggest that although flowering time in a plant shows the potential to adapt to a changing climate, phenological shifts may be associated with reduced plant fitness possibly hindering evolutionary change (Burgess 2007).
Complex spatiotemporal phenological shifts as a response to rainfall changes.
SEA CHANGES Although ocean temperatures vary less from year to year and from season to season than air temperatures do, seabirds nevertheless can suffer from phenological shifts in the availability of prey.
And, such phenological shifts might further affect plant communities by altering the relative fitnesses of species with different strategies of growth and reproduction.