Global Change Impacts on Biodiversity


Global change

Global change impacts on biodiversity

Climate change impacts on biodiversity are spatially variable and often synergistic with other change drivers, including invasive species, disease and various forms of land use and land use change. The consequences of these multiple forms of change for the performance of protected areas and their management is key to the sustainability of conservation efforts. Our research considers these multiple interactive drivers of change and the implications for protected areas, including impacts on sub-Antarctic terrestrial systems.

Examples of our work in this area:

Accommodating climate change contingencies in conservation strategy. 

  • Gillson, L., Dawson, T.P., Jack, S. & McGeoch, M.A. 2013. Accommodating climate change contingencies in conservation strategy. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 28, 135-142. 10.1016/j.tree.2012.10.008

Rapid range expansion and community reorganization in response to warming

  • Le Roux, P.C. & McGeoch, M.A. 2008. Rapid range expansion and community reorganization in response to warming. Global Change Biology 14, 2950-2962. 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2008.01687.x

Climate change and elevational diversity capacity: do weedy species take up the slack? 

  • Chown, S.L., Le Roux, P.C., Ramaswiela, T., Kalwij, J.M., Shaw, J. & McGeoch, M.A. 2013. Climate change and elevational diversity capacity: do weedy species take up the slack? Biology Letters 9(1) (February 23) 10.1098/rsbl.2012.0806

 

Collaborators:
Professor Steven Chown
Dr Dana Bergstrom
Dr Justine Shaw 
Dr Aleks Terauds

Related Links:
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 

Australian Antarctic Division

IUCN SSC ISSG