Simposium "Avances conceptuales y metodológicos de la teoría del nicho ecológico". Title of talk: "The A and B factor in species distributions modelling"
Climate change can drive species out of protected areas thus creating new challenges for conservation planning that typically assumes species distributions to remain static once they are protected. Researchers in the lab have been at the forefront of spatial conservation planning, particularly by providing assessments of climate change effects on protected areas (e.g., here, here, and here) and by
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Photo by Stef Lewandowski and licensed under creative commons There is a longstanding discussion about the degree of model complexity that species distributions models have to have in order to maximise the usefulness of the predictions. A discussion that started with observations that more complex models were fitting species distributions data better than simpler models. See for example,
UK grassland trophic web. Artwork from food webs.org Even if serious gaps in knowledge of biodiversity remain, much progress has been made in determining how many different types of organisms exist, what evolutionary relationships connect different lineages to a common ancestor, and where different species are distributed. Much less is known about the types of interactions that exist among
Shrinking ice sheets and melting ice caps are well known consequences of climate change. But a new study reveals that impacts on biodiversity will be just as severe in other regions of the world. When multiple dimensions of climate change are analyzed, different regions emerge as threatened by different aspects of climate change. The tropics, for example, will be highly affected by local changes
Climate change is altering phenology and distributions of many species and further changes are projected for the 21st century. Can species physiologically adapt to projected climate warming? In a recent "review and synthesis" in Ecology Letters we analysed thermal tolerances of a large number of terrestrial ectotherm (n= 697), endotherm (n=227) and plant (n=1816) species worldwide, and showed that
Conservation efforts to protect the world’s most threatened cat from extinction could be jeopardised if the effects of climate change are not considered in reintroduction strategies, concludes a new study in Nature Climate Change. This research provides the most comprehensive analysis of the effects of climate change yet for a threatened vertebrate. The Iberian lynx is the world’s
Alfred Russel Wallace (8 January 1823 – 7 November 1913) was a British naturalist, explorer, geographer, anthropologist and biologist. He is best known for independently conceiving the theory of evolution through natural selection, which he jointly published with Charles Darwin in 1858. Wallace is also known for his extensive fieldwork, first in the Amazon River basin and then in the Malay