Articles for category "iCCB"

11 Feb 2019 · iCCB · Programme

iCCB Activities 2018

We developed a plan for a new IUBS Africa-specific program concentrating on conservation issues and long-term data with a special focus on East African ecosystems. 

iCCB’s goals for 2018 were to establish a plan of action for a new research program, publish collaborative high impact research papers, organize a research and training workshop, and hold at least one steering committee meeting. During 2018 we published 11 papers. We organized a workshop in May in Cambridge, UK and we had a steering committee meeting for planning our activities for 2019 and for creating a new vision for an inclusive program in Conservation Paleobiology in Africa, in December in Berlin, Germany.

iCCB · Programme

integrated Climate Change Biology (iCCB)

Website of the Programme


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, A. Michelle Lawing, Jason Head

Jenny McGuire added to the leadership during 2017 to foster new research initiative and Johannes Müller as program secretary.

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?