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The University of Southampton
Biological Sciences

Improving the forecast for biodiversity under climate change Event

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13:00 - 14:00
12 October 2016
Building 6, Nuffield Lecture Theatre B, Room 1081, Highfield Campus

For more information regarding this event, please telephone Selina Barry on 24794 or email .

Event details

Biological Sciences Seminar Series by Professor Justin Travis


Abstract: New biological models are incorporating the realistic processes underlying biological responses to climate change and other human-caused disturbances. However, these more realistic models require detailed information, which is lacking for most species on Earth. Current monitoring efforts mainly document changes in biodiversity, rather than collecting the mechanistic data needed to predict future changes. We describe and prioritize the biological information needed to inform more realistic projections of species’ responses to climate change. We also highlight how trait-based approaches and adaptive modelling can leverage sparse data to make broader predictions. We outline a global effort to collect the data necessary to better understand, anticipate, and reduce the damaging effects of climate change on biodiversity.

Speaker information

Professor Justin Jarvis,The Institute of Biological & Environmental Sciences, ,University of Aberdeen

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