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Behavioural, ecological and evolutionary responses to extreme climatic events: challenges and directions

van de Pol, Martijn; Jenouvrier, Stephanie; Cornelissen, J.H.C; Visser, Marcel E.

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More extreme climatic events (ECEs) are among the most prominent consequences of climate change. Despite a long-standing recognition of the importance of ECEs by paleo-ecologists and macro-evolutionary biologists, ECEs have only recently received a strong interest in the wider ecological and evolutionary community. However, as with many rapidly expanding fields, it lacks structure and cohesiveness, which strongly limits scientific progress. Furthermore, due to the descriptive and anecdotal...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorvan de Pol, Martijn
dc.contributor.authorJenouvrier, Stephanie
dc.contributor.authorCornelissen, J.H.C
dc.contributor.authorVisser, Marcel E.
dc.date.accessioned2021-05-12T05:19:25Z
dc.identifier.issn0962-8436
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/232690
dc.description.abstractMore extreme climatic events (ECEs) are among the most prominent consequences of climate change. Despite a long-standing recognition of the importance of ECEs by paleo-ecologists and macro-evolutionary biologists, ECEs have only recently received a strong interest in the wider ecological and evolutionary community. However, as with many rapidly expanding fields, it lacks structure and cohesiveness, which strongly limits scientific progress. Furthermore, due to the descriptive and anecdotal nature of many ECE studies it is still unclear what the most relevant questions and long-term consequences are of ECEs. To improve synthesis, we first discuss ways to define ECEs that facilitate comparison among studies. We then argue that biologists should adhere to more rigorous attribution and mechanistic methods to assess ECE impacts. Subsequently, we discuss conceptual and methodological links with climatology and disturbance-, tipping point- and paleo-ecology. These research fields have close linkages with ECE research, but differ in the identity and/or the relative severity of environmental factors. By summarizing the contributions to this theme issue we draw parallels between behavioural, ecological and evolutionary ECE studies, and suggest that an overarching challenge is that most empirical and theoretical evidence points towards responses being highly idiosyncratic, and thus predictability being low. Finally, we suggest a roadmap based on the proposition that an increased focus on the mechanisms behind the biological response function will be crucial for increased understanding and predictability of the impacts of ECE.
dc.description.sponsorshipS.J. acknowledges support of NSF (award 1246407
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherRoyal Society of London
dc.rights@ The Author(s) Published by the Royal Society. All rights reserved.
dc.sourcePhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London Series B
dc.source.urihttps://royalsocietypublishing.org/doi/10.1098/rstb.2016.0134
dc.subjectattribution
dc.subjectdefinition
dc.subjectdiosyncratic responses
dc.subjectclimate variability
dc.subjectmechanism
dc.subjectbiological response function
dc.titleBehavioural, ecological and evolutionary responses to extreme climatic events: challenges and directions
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume372
dc.date.issued2017
local.identifier.absfor060201 - Behavioural Ecology
local.identifier.ariespublicationa383154xPUB7026
local.publisher.urlhttps://royalsocietypublishing.org
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationvan de Pol, Martijn, College of Science, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationJenouvrier, Stephanie, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
local.contributor.affiliationCornelissen, J.H.C, Vrije Universiteit
local.contributor.affiliationVisser, Marcel E., Netherlands Institute of Ecology
local.description.embargo2099-12-31
dc.relationhttp://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/FT120100204
local.bibliographicCitation.issue1723
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage20160134
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage20160134
local.identifier.doi10.1098/rstb.2016.0134
local.identifier.absseo970106 - Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences
dc.date.updated2020-11-23T10:14:55Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-85019157563
local.identifier.thomsonID000400921300001
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