Training Workshop: Traits Past, Present, and Future

Quantitative approaches to paleontology, conservation, and climate change biology in Africa

The workshop of the iCCB programme of IUBS will bring together paleontologists, ecologists, and quantitative biologists in Nairobi, Kenya, from 6th to 8th March 2017 to discuss how data from paleontology, modern ecology, and conservation biology can be integrated to provide a comprehensive framework for monitoring and measuring ecosystem structure and function through space and time.

Nairobi, Natural History Museum of Kenya, Kenya, 6 - 8 March 2017

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integrated Climate Change Biology (iCCB)

A wealth of data now exists on biotic changes that occurred over the last one to two decades, but scientific understanding of the processes involved, the magnitude of the changes, and their likely outcomes is still in its infancy, largely due to the lack of long-term baselines against which to compare these data.

The iCCB is working to provide appropriate baselines by integrating data from long-term ecological studies and the even longer-term data provided by paleontology. A trait-based, community macroecology approach allows integration of data across the temporal and spatial scales at which climate change biologists, ecologists, and paleontologists work.


Jussi T. Eronen, Jason Head and Michelle Lawing

Steering Committee

Jussi T. Eronen, Mikael Fortelius, Jason Head, Michelle Lawing, P. David Polly, Christoph Scheidegger, Nils Chr. Stenseth

Countries involved

Finland, Norway, Germany, UK, Switzerland, USA

Field of Research

Climate Change Biology, Conservation Paleobiology, Global Change Ecology

Disciplines involved

Paleontology, Ecology & Evolution, Geology, Atmospheric Science, Conservation Science, Political Science

Questions addressed

  1. Develop methods that can be used to measure past, present and future.
  2. Develop modeling for trait evolution and community dynamics through time.
  3. Investigate what are functional  “tipping points” before ecological collapse
  4. Can we jointly estimate detectability and occurrence in the fossil record?
  5. How can we use fossil record to inform about future environmental changes?

Website of the Programme