Putting plasticity into practice for effective conservation actions under climate change

Donelson, J.M., Gaitan-Espitia, J.D., Hobday, A.J., Mokany, K., Andrew, S.C., Boulter, S., Cook, C.N., Dickson, F., Macgregor, N.A., Mitchell, N.J., Pickup, M., and Fox, R.J. (2023) Putting plasticity into practice for effective conservation actions under climate change. Nature Climate Change, 13 (7). pp. 632-647.

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Phenotypic plasticity may help species to persist in the face of rapid change, yet we lack a management-friendly framework for incorporating plasticity into conservation practice. Here we emphasize the importance of phenotypic plasticity for management—when and how it matters—and describe three challenges that currently impede its consideration in conservation management. We propose a common language and framework that can be applied by scientists and conservation practitioners that connects plasticity to management actions. Crucially, our framework considers plasticity through the lens of an organism’s ‘fit’ to its environment and how that fit will be impacted by climatic changes. Finally, we present a road map for developing tools to highlight where consideration of plasticity is valuable for effective management.

Item ID: 79484
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1758-6798
Keywords: plasticity, acclimation, adaptation, conservation, management
Copyright Information: © Springer Nature Limited 2023
Funders: Australian Research Council (ARC)
Projects and Grants: ARC Future Fellowship FT190100015
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2023 22:25
FoR Codes: 41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4101 Climate change impacts and adaptation > 410102 Ecological impacts of climate change and ecological adaptation @ 50%
31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3104 Evolutionary biology > 310405 Evolutionary ecology @ 20%
41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410401 Conservation and biodiversity @ 30%
SEO Codes: 28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280102 Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences @ 30%
19 ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY, CLIMATE CHANGE AND NATURAL HAZARDS > 1901 Adaptation to climate change > 190101 Climate change adaptation measures (excl. ecosystem) @ 70%
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