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:
- 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
- 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
- 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
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change