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Antarctica's ecological isolation will be broken by storm-driven dispersal and warming

Fraser, Ceridwen; Morrison, Adele; Hogg, Andy; Macaya, Erasmo C; Erik, van Sebille; Ryan, Peter G; Padovan, Amanda; Jack, Cameron; Valdivia, Nelson; Waters, Jonathan


Antarctica has long been considered biologically isolated 1. Global warming will make parts of Antarctica more habitable for invasive taxa, yet presumed barriers to dispersal—especially the Southern Ocean’s strong, circumpolar winds, ocean currents and fronts—have been thought to protect the region from non-anthropogenic colonizations from the north1,2. We combine molecular and oceanographic tools to directly test for biological dispersal across the Southern Ocean. Genomic analyses reveal that...[Show more]

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Date published: 2018-08
Type: Journal article
Source: Nature Climate Change
DOI: 10.1038/s41558-018-0209-7


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