iCCB 2012 Achievements

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.  In its current phase, the iCCB is disseminating this approach through outreach aimed at researchers and university students around the world via web and strategically chosen conference symposia, through sharing of trait-based data to facilitate new research in this area, and through original research by iCCB working groups.

Activities 2012:

- Conference, Workshop organised:

“Biological Consequences of Global Climate Change and Integrative Climate Change Biology”, a joint symposium at the IUBS General Assembly, 6 July 2012, Suzhou, China.

“Traits, Niches & Climate as Common Coinage”, 5-7 September 2012.  Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research, WSL, Birmensdorf, Switzerland.  (jointly sponsored by the Swiss National IUBS committee and WSL).  Attended by 21 scientists from Switzerland, USA, France, Finland, Norway, Germany, and UK.

- Publications:

Lawing, A.M., J.J. Head, and P.D. Polly.  2012.  The ecology of morphology:  the ecometrics of locomotion and macroenvironment in North American snakes.  Pp. 117-146 in J. Louys (ed), Paleontology in Ecology and Conservation.  Springer-Verlag, Berlin and Heidelberg (doi:  10.1007/978-3-642-25038-5_7).


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