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Synergies between climate change, extinctions and invasive vertebrates


Brook, BW, Synergies between climate change, extinctions and invasive vertebrates, Wildlife Research, 35, (3) pp. 249-252. ISSN 1035-3712 (2008) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1071/WR07116


There is mounting evidence for the direct ecological impacts of recent climate change, and for amplifying feedbacks, in both directions, with other drivers of biodiversity loss, such as habitat fragmentation and overexploitation. Surprisingly, however, empirical and experimental data on the links between climate change and species introductions are scant, especially for invasive vertebrates. Because the theoretical basis for their mutually reinforced impact is strong, this dearth of evidence likely reflects the difficulty in studying such interactions, and insufficient attention to this topic, rather than a genuine lack of association. Given the unprecedented rate of recent and predicted future climate change, and the continued exponential rise in species invasions worldwide, it is imperative that we sharpen our scientific focus so as to best equip wildlife managers with the knowledge to tackle this inevitable synergy of threats.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Invasive species, invasive vertebrates, extinction, climate change, wildlife management
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Ecological applications
Research Field:Biosecurity science and invasive species ecology
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Adaptation to climate change
Objective Field:Ecosystem adaptation to climate change
UTAS Author:Brook, BW (Professor Barry Brook)
ID Code:116258
Year Published:2008
Web of Science® Times Cited:41
Deposited By:Biological Sciences
Deposited On:2017-05-04
Last Modified:2017-08-15

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