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Response to Comment on “Climatic Niche Shifts Are Rare Among Terrestrial Plant Invaders”

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Science  12 Oct 2012:
Vol. 338, Issue 6104, pp. 193
DOI: 10.1126/science.1226051

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Webber et al. take a critical view of our findings that niche expansions are rare in plant invaders, arguing mainly that we did not include nonanalog climates in our analyses. Yet, their concerns include misunderstandings and go beyond the scope of our study, which was purposely restricted to analog climates. We further explain why our results remain robust to other factors of niche dynamics in the native range. We conclude that the implications of our findings remain valid for projections of niche models in analog climates and that projections in nonanalog climates should be undertaken with care.

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