An open mussel reveals a small crab and isopod hiding inside its shell.
Mussel beds shelter other animals from heat and drying as the tide goes out. A study from UC Davis's Bodega Marine Lab shows the importance of protecting mussel beds to mitigate the effects of climate change. (Laura Jurgens)

Can Mussel Beds Buffer Species Against Climate Change?

Habitat conservation can help buy time for heat-sensitive species in the face of climate change – but it might also leave them in a trap by preventing them from adapting in time, according to a new study from the UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory recently published in the journal Ecology.

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