Understanding interactions between plasticity, adaptation and range shifts in response to marine environmental change

Donelson, Jennifer M., Sunday, Jennifer M., Figueira, Will F., Gaitán-Espitia, Juan Diego, Hobday, Alistair J., Johnson, Craig R., Leis, Jeffrey M., Ling, Scott D., Marshall, Dustin, Pandolfi, John M., Pecl, Gretta, Rodgers, Giverny G., Booth, David J., and Munday, Philip L. (2019) Understanding interactions between plasticity, adaptation and range shifts in response to marine environmental change. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 374 (1768). 20180186.

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Climate change is leading to shifts in species geographical distributions, but populations are also probably adapting to environmental change at different rates across their range. Owing to a lack of natural and empirical data on the influence of phenotypic adaptation on range shifts of marine species, we provide a general conceptual model for understanding population responses to climate change that incorporates plasticity and adaptation to environmental change in marine ecosystems. We use this conceptual model to help inform where within the geographical range each mechanism will probably operate most strongly and explore the supporting evidence in species. We then expand the discussion from a single-species perspective to community-level responses and use the conceptual model to visualize and guide research into the important yet poorly understood processes of plasticity and adaptation.

This article is part of the theme issue 'The role of plasticity in phenotypic adaptation to rapid environmental change'.

Item ID: 57736
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1471-2970
Keywords: climate change, marine ecology, phenotypic plasticity, range shift, species distribution, species range limits
Copyright Information: © 2019 The Author(s) Published by the Royal Society. All rights reserved.
Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC)
Projects and Grants: ARC Future Fellowship
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2019 07:37
FoR Codes: 41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4101 Climate change impacts and adaptation > 410102 Ecological impacts of climate change and ecological adaptation @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960307 Effects of Climate Change and Variability on Australia (excl. Social Impacts) @ 100%
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