Activities 2013

The 2013 activities of iCCB focused on furthering progress among our working groups in ecometric (trait-based) research on climate change biology, on developing our internet outreach tools, especially an iCCB website and database, on obtaining supplemental funding for major iCCB-led meetings, and on planning for future workshops and short courses. A meeting of our trait modeling working group was held at Indiana University in February, which produced a prototype numerical model of the dynamics between species, geography, traits, environment, and climate, the first results of which were presented at an international conference in Los Angeles in the autumn.  A working group created iCCB’s first outreach website. A database working group met in Helsinki to begin assembling ecometric data for dissemination via the iCCB website. iCCB members were also important contributors to the Scientific Consensus on Maintaining Humanity’s Life Support Systems in the 21st Century.


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

Grossnickle DM and PD Polly (2013): Mammal disparity decreases during the Cretaceous angiosperm radiation. Proceedings of the Royal Society, B, 280(1771), 20132110. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2013.2110

Rödder D, AM Lawing, M Flecks, F Ahmadzadeh, J Dambach, JO Engler, JC Habel, T Hartmann, D Hörnes, F Ihlow, K Schidelko, D Stiels, PD Polly (2013): Evaluating the Significance of Paleophylogeographic Species Distribution Models in Reconstructing Quaternary Range-Shifts of Nearctic Chelonians. PLoS ONE 8(10): e72855. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0072855

Smith MR and PD Polly (2013): A reevaluation of the Harrodsburg Crevice Fauna (Late Pleistocene of Indiana, USA) and the climatic implication of its mammals. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 33: 410-420.

Fritz SA, J Schnitzler, JT Eronen, C Hof, K Böhning-Gaese, CH Graham (2013): Diversity in time and space: wanted dead and alive. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 28 (9): 509 - 516. DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2013.05.004

Conferences and Workshops


Workshop: Trait Modeling

Workshop on trait modeling, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, USA, February 18 – 24 2013.


iCCB Database Meeting

iCCB database meeting, Helsinki, Finland, 1 - 5 December, 2013.