Climate change and adaptation

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 processes to intensify or moderate the effects of global change.

Protecting landscapes that act as refugia from climate change, and protecting and rehabilitating habitat corridors to allow species to reach these areas will enable species to respond to rapid climate change.

For information on Australia's biodiversity policies see the Department of the Environment:

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Click on the tabs below and follow the links to find out more about CBA Projects, Highlights and News relating to Climate change and adaptation.

Projects

Highlights

Ecological speciation & the role of climatic refugia

Rosa Agudo
Dr Rosa Agudo is a postdoctoral fellow at ANU where she is working on a project investigating how ecological adaptation to climatically variable...

Genetics & evolution of Eucalypts

Carsten Kulheim
Dr Carsten Kulheim is a Postdoctoral Fellow at ANU. He is investigating a range of questions about the genetics and evolution of the plants that...

Lizard genes and the biogeography of Australia’s arid zone

Mitzy Pepper
Dr Mitzy Pepper is a Postdoctoral Fellow at ANU investigating a range of evolutionary questions regarding the diversification of reptiles. In...

Role of behaviour in evolutionary diversification

Martha Muñoz
Dr Martha Muñoz is working at the intersection of ecology and evolution to investigate the role of lizard behaviour in evolutionary diversification....

Spatial analysis of biodiversity distribution patterns

Dan Rosauer
Dr Dan Rosauer is a postdoctoral researcher at ANU who works on the spatial analysis of biodiversity distribution patterns. These analyses can help ...

News

20
Sep
2016
The habitats of more than 90 per cent of Australia's gum tree species will on average halve in size, and 16 eucalypt species are likely to become extinct, over the next 70 years...
08
Sep
2016
The Centre for Biodiversity Analysis hosted an engagement and dialogue workshop for research providers (scientists) and research users (policy makers and managers) on the...
30
Nov
2015
Bill adaptation in parrots: finding the genes involved in surface area increases over time Integrates morphometrics with next-generation sequencing Involves wet lab work and...
30
Oct
2015
Research begun earlier this year in a CBA ignition project led by Xia Hua - Developing new methods for using distribution data to identify taxa that can tolerate extreme...
02
Aug
2013
In an invited review in Science published today, Craig Moritz and Rosa Agudo from the CBA highlight an apparent contradiction between species responses to past climate change and ...
28
Jun
2013
CBA members and collaborators have been awarded a three-year ARC Linkage Grant for 'Landscape restoration genomics for climate adaptation in eucalyptus foundation species' ($375K...

Events

Past events

04
Aug
2017
Foundation species play a role is establishing the bio-capacity of the ecosystem. Land use and climate change, along with invasive species, are degrading landscapes such that...
14
Jun
2017
This CBA-supported workshop is targeted at beginner and intermediate users of the Oxford Nanopore MinION sequencing platform. It represents a unique opportunity to learn more...
31
Mar
2017
Maintaining healthy, functioning ecosystems in the Anthropocene is becoming increasingly difficult due to the massive challenges presented by the combination of habitat loss and...
15
Mar
2017
Species across the globe are experiencing drastic changes in environmental conditions as a result of human activities. Understanding and predicting how organisms respond to human-...
06
Sep
2016
An engagement and dialogue workshop for research providers (scientists) and research users (policy makers and managers). Innovative capabilities in biodiversity science are...
02
Apr
2013
Recent advances in DNA sequencing and bioinformatics means it is now possible to expand detailed genomic analysis from a few ‘model species’ to a wide diversity of organisms and...

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