Hot topic: The evolution of thermal tolerance

Description

Global warming is reshaping species distributions and altering ecological communities. Yet, we do not know what mechanisms have driven or obstructed past adaptation to temperature changes over evolutionary time scales. To answer this question, we performed a series of comparative analysis using the largest database of experimentally derived thermal tolerance limits GlobTherm. Concerningly, our research indicates that species have a limited ability to respond to rapid warming under climate change.

Subject

Climate change adaptation 

Period19 Feb 2021

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  • TitleHot topic: The evolution of thermal tolerance
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletNature Ecology and Evolution
    Media typeWeb
    Duration/Length/SizeFull Article
    CountryAustralia
    Date19/02/21
    DescriptionGlobal warming is reshaping species distributions and altering ecological communities. Yet, we do not know what mechanisms have driven or obstructed past adaptation to temperature changes over evolutionary time scales. To answer this question, we performed a series of comparative analysis using the largest database of experimentally derived thermal tolerance limits GlobTherm. Concerningly, our research indicates that species have a limited ability to respond to rapid warming under climate change.
    Producer/AuthorJoanne Bennett
    PersonsJoanne Bennett