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Geography may play a more important role than genetics in predicting climate responses of American pikas

Don’t miss the cover story of this month’s issue of Nature Climate Change: Alternatives to genetic affinity as a context for within-species response to climate. The paper examines spatio-temporal coherency in responses of pikas to climate, and finds that landscape context (i.e. ecoregional effects such as the availability of boulders and plants) may influence pika response more than inherited traits. The study challenges the common assumption that intraspecific variation in climate response aligns with genetic affinity. The findings also have important management implications, suggesting locally tailored adaptation strategies may not only be more successful, but help pikas thrive in unlikely places.

The full paper (including three CCSG co-authors: Adam Smith, Erik Beever, and Jennifer Wilkening) can be found here, or read the news story in PBS NOVA here.

Welcome to the the Climate Change Specialist Group of the IUCN Species Survival Commission

The key objectives of this group are (1) to provide the IUCN Species Survival Commission with strategic guidance, support and information on climate change related risks to biodiversity and conservation responses, (2) to promote coordinated responses to climate change within and among the IUCN Species Survival Commission, IUCN programmes and IUCN partner organizations, (3) to catalyse and support sound science, effective policy and evidence-based conservation practice informed by a deeper understanding of climate change, its impacts on biodiversity, and the responses required.

This specialist group was established in 2013 as a Specialist Group of the IUCN Species Survival Commission.

Vision

Biodiversity is conserved in a changing climate

Mission

To support and strengthen nature conservation in a changing climate

Objectives

The IUCN SSC Climate Change Specialist Group has three key objectives:

  1. To provide the IUCN Species Survival Commission with strategic guidance, support and information on climate change related risks to biodiversity and conservation responses

2. To promote coordinated responses to climate change within and among the IUCN Species Survival Commission, IUCN programmes and IUCN partner organizations

3. To catalyse and support sound science, effective policy and evidence-based conservation practice informed by a deeper understanding of climate change, its impacts on biodiversity, and the responses required

Operating Domain

The CCSG is an international collaboration of experts working at the interface between the science, policy and practice sectors of conservation.

Activities

To achieve our objectives, the SG works under 5 broad themes, each of which involves integration across the Science-Policy-Practice framework:

1. Understanding Impacts
2. Assessing Vulnerability
3. Developing Adaptation Responses
4. Informing Policy
5. Supporting the Species Survival Commission

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