species range dynamics

Climate refugia: from the Last Glacial Maximum to the 21st century

A report of the wonderful workshop held in Eugene, OR last summer about climate refugia has now appeared in New Phytologist. There we summarise the interesting discussions we had between a varied group of palaeoecologists, climatologists, modellers, phylogeographers and geneticists.

Investigating biodiversity responses to climate change: the benefits of hindsight

Climate change is challenging the predictive ability of ecologists, evolutionary biologists and scientists as a whole. We are urged to anticipate the impacts in order to attempt mitigation, but reliable forecasts of the future dynamics of …

An integrative model of species’ range dynamics to assess responses to past climate changes

Investigating the effects of past climate change on species ranges can be a fruitful way to improve our ecological understanding and predictive abilities for future periods. To date, this retrospective knowledge has mostly been based on fossils, …

Inferring glacial refugia: integrating evidences across disciplines

Investigating biodiversity responses to climate change: the benefits of hindsight

How climate change wiped out European laurel forests, and how some species managed to survive

Although global warming is currently threatening biodiversity, we know from past records that cooling periods can also be disastrous in terms of extinction rates. During the Eocene, about 50 million years ago, the Earth was so warm that there were no permanent ice caps in the poles, and warm-loving subtropical species thrived at quite high latitudes.

Cenozoic climate changes and the demise of Tethyan laurel forests: lessons for the future from an integrative reconstruction of the past

Climate on Earth has always been changing. Despite decades of investigation, our limited knowledge of the ecological and evolutionary effects of climate changes often translates into uncertain predictions about the impact of future climates on …

Past tree range dynamics in the Iberian Peninsula inferred through phylogeography and palaeodistribution modelling: a review

The forests in the Iberian Peninsula have been strongly influenced by past climatic changes, but reconstructing their historical distributions and dynamics is very difficult due to the complex climatic characteristics and relief of the region. …

An integrative framework to investigate species responses to climate change: biogeography and ecology of relict trees in the Mediterranean

An integrative framework to investigate species responses to climate change: biogeography and ecology of relict trees in the Mediterranean