Activities 2014

iCCB’s goals for 2014 were to facilitate research on climate change biology that integrates ecological, paleontological, and climatic data and to promote integrated research to the scientific community.  A key feature of iCCB research is focus on organismal trait/environment links because such data are scalable across time and space.  In 2014, iCCB held two international research workshops, organized an open scientific symposium, published 4 papers, submitted 4 more articles, and disseminated research through public plenaries and individual presentations by iCCB members at venues in China, North America, and Europe.

The first workshop was titled “Traits in Texas: Ecometrics, phylogeny, fossils, and biotic change” on April 2014 at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. The two research purposes of this workshop were to continue iCCB research projects that originated at our Birmensdorf, Switzerland workshop in 2012 and to introduce new US researchers to the iCCB program.

The second workshop, titled Ecosystem services and traits”, was held on November 2014 in Helsinki, Finland. This meeting convened interdisciplinary group of scientists to discuss how the functional trait concept could be applied to ecosystem services and how to develop new research that would have a societal impact. Participants were researchers from universities, private companies, and state research institutes. The products from this workshop will be a new concept paper about combining the traits concept and ecosystem services, a review paper, and a presentation on these papers at a conference in Turku, Finland in June 2015 (Futures Studies Tackling Wicked Problems).

iCCB also sponsored a symposium titled “Ecometrics and biotic change” at the 74th Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology in Berlin, Germany on 8 November, 2014.  The symposium featured presentations on ecometric theory and methods, as well as research applications.  The aim was to raise awareness within the vertebrate paleontology research community about the questions and techniques being used in climate change biology.  Speakers included vertebrate paleontologists, evolutionary ecologists, and phylogeneticists who have approached climate change biology from interdisciplinary perspectives.


Polly PD, A Cardini, EB Davis, S Steppan (2015): Marmot evolution and global change in the past 10 million years. In: PG Cox and L Hautier (Eds.): Evolution of the Rodents: Advances in Phylogeny, Palaeontology and Functional Morphology. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. pp. 246-276.

Polly PD and S Sarwar (2014): Extinction, extirpation, and exotics: effects on the correlation between traits and environment at the continental level. Annales Zoologici Fennici, 51: 209-226.

Eronen JT, Kaakinen A, Liu L, Passey BH, Tang H, Zhang Z (2014): Here be Dragons: Mesowear of the classic Chinese "Hipparion" faunas from Baode, Shanxi Province, China. Annales Zoologici Fennici 51: 227-244.

Lawing AM and N Matzke (2014): Conservation paleobiology needs phylogenetic methods. Ecography 37:1109-1122. DOI: 10.1111/ecog.00783

Fortelius M, Eronen JT, Kaya F, Tang H, Puolamäki K (2014): Evolution of Neogene Mammals in Eurasia: Environmental Forcing and Biotic Interactions. Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences. 42:579–604. DOI: 10.1146/annurev-earth-050212-124030

Conferences and Workshops


Workshop: Traits in Texas

Workshop titled Traits in Texas: Ecometrics, phylogeny, fossils, and biotic change, at Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, on 6-8 April 2014.


Workshop: Ecosystem Services and Traits

The workshop Ecosystem Services and Traits, was organized and held in Helsinki, Finland in November, 2014.


Symposium: Ecometrics and Biotic Change

The Symposium Ecometrics and Biotic Change, Berlin, on 8 November, 2014, was sponsored by iCCB at the 74th Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology.