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 and Energy​:

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A curation community for coral environmental genomics Completed
An exome capture system for phylogenetic and evolutionary studies in the hyperdiverse orchid tribe Diurideae (Orchidoideae) Completed
Bill adaptation in parrots: finding loci involved in surface area increases by integrating morphometrics with Next Gen Sequencing Completed
Bill adaptation in parrots: finding loci involved in surface area increases by integrating morphometrics with NGS Completed
Biodiversity change: A risk factor for human health? Completed
Biogeography of sex reversal and the effects of climate change on reptile sex determination Completed
Can adaptation in ‘ecosystem engineers’ drive fire regime feedbacks? Completed
Collections-based landscape genomics: Red-browed finches as a test case Current
Curating spatial data to understand patterns and processes shaping biodiversity in New Guinea Current
Developing new methods for using distribution data to identify taxa that can tolerate extreme conditions Current
Effects of climate change on avian morphology Current
Environmental drivers of Acacia-associated symbiotic microbe diversity Current
Future ecosystems states: linking ecophysiological cues and thresholds to climatic regimes, variability and weather extremes Completed
Genetic and demographic impacts of contemporary disturbance regimes in Mountain Ash forests Current
How local is local? Landscape genomics in Yellow box Completed
Investigating the effects of diversity, distribution and chytrid load on Uperoleia frog skin microbial communities Current
Landscape genomics of a dryland river keystone species, Eucalyptus coolabah: the influence of hydrochory on landscape genetic structure Current
Linking genomic data to spatial biodiversity data in the Atlas of Living Australia Current
Palaeoecological indicators of biodiversity change through time Completed
Penguin ectoparasites of the Southern Hemisphere Completed
Phylogeny of the longhorn beetle genus Rhytiphora (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae)  Current
Sequencing the genome of an Australian Alpine plant Current
Species discovery and refugia in the monsoonal tropics Completed
Will polyploidy provide a reproductive advantage in a changing climate? A test case with Themeda triandra (Kangaroo grass) Completed