Managing consequences of climate-driven species redistribution requires integration of ecology, conservation and social science

Bonebrake, Timothy C., Brown, Christopher J., Bell, Johann D., Blanchard, Julia L., Chauvenet, Alienor, Champion, Curtis, Chen, I-Ching, Clark, Timothy D., Colwell, Robert K., Danielsen, Finn, Dell, Anthony I., Donelson, Jennifer M., Evengård, Birgitta, Ferrier, Simon, Frusher, Stewart, Garcia, Raquel A., Griffis, Roger B., Hobday, Alistair J., Jarzyna, Marta A., Lee, Emma, Lenoir, Jonathan, Linnetved, Hlif, Martin, Victoria Y., McCormack, Phillipa C., McDonald, Jan, McDonald-Madden, Eve, Mitchell, Nicola, Mustonen, Tero, Pandolfi, John M., Pettorelli, Nathalie, Possingham, Hugh, Pulsifer, Peter, Reynolds, Mark, Scheffers, Brett R., Sorte, Cascde J.B., Strugnell, Jan M., Tuanmu, Mao-Ning, Twiname, Samantha, Vergés, Adriana, Villanueva, Cecilia, Wapstra, Erik, Wernberg, Thomas, and Pecl, Gretta T. (2018) Managing consequences of climate-driven species redistribution requires integration of ecology, conservation and social science. Biological Reviews, 93 (1). pp. 284-305.

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Abstract

Climate change is driving a pervasive global redistribution of the planet's species. Species redistribution poses new questions for the study of ecosystems, conservation science and human societies that require a coordinated and integrated approach. Here we review recent progress, key gaps and strategic directions in this nascent research area, emphasising emerging themes in species redistribution biology, the importance of understanding underlying drivers and the need to anticipate novel outcomes of changes in species ranges. We highlight that species redistribution has manifest implications across multiple temporal and spatial scales and from genes to ecosystems. Understanding range shifts from ecological, physiological, genetic and biogeographical perspectives is essential for informing changing paradigms in conservation science and for designing conservation strategies that incorporate changing population connectivity and advance adaptation to climate change. Species redistributions present challenges for human well-being, environmental management and sustainable development. By synthesising recent approaches, theories and tools, our review establishes an interdisciplinary foundation for the development of future research on species redistribution. Specifically, we demonstrate how ecological, conservation and social research on species redistribution can best be achieved by working across disciplinary boundaries to develop and implement solutions to climate change challenges. Future studies should therefore integrate existing and complementary scientific frameworks while incorporating social science and human-centred approaches. Finally, we emphasise that the best science will not be useful unless more scientists engage with managers, policy makers and the public to develop responsible and socially acceptable options for the global challenges arising from species redistributions.

Item ID: 52235
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: adaptive conservation, climate change, food security, health, managed relocation, range shift, sustainable development, temperature
ISSN: 1469-185X
Funders: University of Tasmania (UT) Institue for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries Service, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), National Climate Change Adaptation Research Faciltiy Natural Ecosystems Network, Ian Potter Foundation (IPF), Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre, Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions, Research Grants Committee (RGC) General Research Fund (GRF), Australian Research Council (ARC), University of Connecticut, USA, University of Copenhagen, Denmark, Nordforsk, South African National Research Foundation (NRF), Yale Climate and Energy Institute, Finish Academy (FA)
Projects and Grants: RGC-GRF HKY778512, ARC DE160101207, ARC FT140100596, ARC FT110100597, ARC FT110100174, NRF KIC98457, NRF Blue Skies 449888, FA WAPEAT project 263465, ARC Discovery Project grant 150101491, ARC Discovery Project grant 170100023
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2018 07:38
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0699 Other Biological Sciences > 069902 Global Change Biology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960305 Ecosystem Adaptation to Climate Change @ 100%
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