Biodiversity is not static - it is constantly changing. The current patterns of biodiversity we observe today, and work to protect, have been shaped by evolution in response to past environmental change.
Innovative capabilities in biodiversity science are rapidly emerging at the boundaries of evolutionary biology, genomics and spatial ecology. These new concepts and tools have been heralded as having considerable potential to assist with many of the complex issues confronting policy and management (see CBA discussion paper), such as:
- climate change and adaptation
- conservation planning
- habitat fragmentation and restoration
- invasive species and biosecurity
- management of threatened species
A major objective of the CBA is to exchange knowledge, perspectives and challenges amongst scientists and policy makers, and find ways to effectively engage, now and into the future:
- As part of our inagural conference on biodiversity genomics we hosted a 1/2 day workshop for policy makers and researchers interested in discussing how genomics might inform decisions about policy, management and conservation: The contribution of biodiversity genomics to policy and management.
- As part of the CBA's 2014 annual conference we hosted an evening science discussion on the current practices and future goals for conservation planning based on the increasing availability of new, large-scale biodiversity data: New biodiversity data for conservation and management.
- The CBA's 2016 annual conference, The interface of evolutionary biology and policy impact, aimed to address the gap between academic research, where the majority of new biodiversity data is being generated, analysed and interpreted; and the current, and future, needs of practical policy development and real-world management.
Reconstruction of historical patterns of species movement, colonisation, extinction and speciation and understanding the genetic basis of climate adaptation may help understand future dynamics and the potential of evolutionary...
Loss of habitat and fragmentation reduces population sizes and can lower migration rates and genetic connectivity among remaining populations of native species, reducing genetic variability and increasing extinction risk....
Invasive species such as weeds, feral animals, insects and other invertebrates, diseases, fungi and parasites can have major impacts on biodiversity. Evolutionary changes in invasive species can increase their impact on native...