A follow-up workshop for

“Eco-evolutionary approaches to understanding and predicting the response of species and ecosystems to climate change” (Paris, Aug 2009)


Eco-Evolutionary Approaches to Climate Changes

Rapid Adaptation to Climate Changes in Plants

August 28-30, Kyushu University 




The workshop “Eco-evolutionary approaches to understanding and predicting the response of species range to climate change” is a joint workshop of bioDISCOVERY (Chair: Paul Leadley, Universite Paris-Sud XI, France) and bioGENESIS (Co-chair: Tetsukazu Yahara, Kyushu University, Japan), DIVERSITAS core projects, which will be held on August 28-30, 2010 at Hakozaki Campus, Kyushu University, Japan. For more information about us, visit http://www.diversitas-international.org/. This activity is also a part of the project “Monitoring and assessment of global biodiversity changes for achieving the post-2010 targets” supported by Environmental Research & Technology Development Fund, Ministry of Environment, Japan.



Scope and topics


This workshop aims to develop collaborative efforts to bridge the gap between evolutionary and functional ecology to improve modelling changes in species distribution and abundance in response to climate change.


In August 2009, we had first joint workshop in Paris on eco-evolutionary approaches to understanding and predicting the response of species and ecosystems to climate change with the following goals: "Climate change is predicted to become one of the most important drivers of biodiversity change in the 21st century. Until recently, however, most of the work on projecting the response of species and ecosystems to climate change using models has focused on a monolithic view of species or species groups (i.e., species are assumed to have no genetic variability and do not "evolve" in the face of climate change), or on an evolutionary view that poorly accounts for the constraints on evolution imposed by species or ecosystem functioning. The objective of this workshop is to bring together functional, molecular and evolutionary ecologists to address several key questions concerning the response of species and ecosystems to climate change:

• What role will existing genetic variability within species play in controlling the functional response of individuals to climate change?

• To what extent can species adapt to 21st century climate change through rapid "evolutionary" processes?

• How will genetically-based variability and rapid "evolution" alter the long-term abundance and distribution of species?

• Will existing genetic variability and rapid "evolutionary" processes affect the way that ecosystem functions respond to climate change?

• How can we use models to project the effects of genetic variability and rapid "evolutionary" processes on species and ecosystem response to climate change?"


For the 2010 meeting at Kyushu University, we will focus on more narrowly on the genetic basis of species-level responses to climate in plants, especially trees, and on developing a predictive understanding of how genetic variation in key functional traits will mediate the impacts of climate change on species abundance and distribution. This workshop will focus on addressing three main questions:


What is the degree of local and range-wide phenotypic variation in key functional traits?

What is the genetic basis of this phenotypic variation?

Does accounting for genetically-based local and range-wide variation in functional traits alter projections of the impacts of 21st century climate change on species distribution and abundance?


There will be a limited number of invited speakers (maximum 20 people) from the world, and sufficient discussion hours as a platform for exchange ideas and information.

liang shi,
Jun 2, 2010, 11:22 PM