BCGC 2012 Achievements

Global change is now one of the most hotly discussed topics in the world. Understanding the impact of global change is extremely important for the sustainable development of our earth. Due to these circumstances, the International Society of Zoological Sciences (ISZS) initiated an international research program - Biological Consequences of Global Change (BCGC) - in 2008. In 2009, BCGC was adopted by the International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS) as a new international research program.

The aim of BCGC is to promote understanding of the impact of global change on our biological systems so as to improve the management of our changing wolrd. The focus of BCGC is to organize a diverse group of international experts in many scientific disciplines, to study the consequences of both global climate change and human activities on biological systems.

It also endeavors to promote international collaborations in this field among different countries, by organizing acedamic publications, workshops, database and young scientists training. Moreover, through building the BCGC to become a flagship program, the influence and leadership in this very important field will be secured at the IUBS.

In 2012, BCGC organized 2 symposia and 1 workshop, 1 training course, 1 special issue journal, Integrative Zoology, and database consolidation. It not only completed all the actions described in the action plan, but exceeded in some aspects.

Conferences/ meetings / Workshops organised:

- The 31st IUBS GA and Conference on Biological Sciences and Bioindustry, 5-9 July 2012, Suzhou, China
- The 21st International Congress of Zoology, 2-7 September 2012, the University of Haifa, Israel

- Biological Consequences of Global Change(BCGC), 21 September 2012, Shenyang Normal University, China


  1. - Reconstruction of a 1,910-y-long locust series reveals consistent associations with climate fluctuations in China; Huidong Tian, Leif C. Stige, Bernard Cazelles, Kyrre Linne Kausrud, Rune Svarverud, Nils C. Stenseth, Zhibin Zhang; PNAS, 2011 Aug 30;108(35):14521-6
    - Biological consequences of global change: opportunities and challenges; Zhibin Zhang; Integrative Zoology Volume 7, Issue 2, June 2012, Pages: 111–112
    - Adélie penguins and temperature changes in Antarctica: a long-term view; Craig D. MILLAR, Sankar SUBRAMANIAN, Tim H. HEUPINK, Siva SWAMINATHAN, Carlo BARONI and David M. LAMBERT; Integrative Zoology Volume 7, Issue 2, June 2012, Pages: 113–120
    - Direct impacts of climatic warming on heat stress in endothermic species: seabirds as bioindicators of changing thermoregulatory constraints; Stephen A. OSWALD and Jennifer M. ARNOLD; Integrative Zoology, Volume 7, Issue 2, June 2012, Pages: 121–136
    - Opportunism and the resilience of barnacles (Cirripedia: Thoracica) to environmental change; John Buckeridge; Integrative Zoology, Volume 7, Issue 2, June 2012, Pages: 137–146
    - Is the expansion of the pine processionary moth, due to global warming, impacting the endangered Spanish moon moth through an induced change in food quality?; Charles-Edouard IMBERT, Francis GOUSSARD and Alain ROQUES; Integrative Zoology, Volume 7, Issue 2, June 2012, Pages: 147–157
    - Global climate change is confounding species conservation strategies; Harold KOOPOWITZ and Bradford A. HAWKINS; Integrative Zoology, Volume 7, Issue 2, June 2012, Pages: 158–164

- Development of partnership:

1) Asia-Pacific Forest Invasive Species Network;
2) Network for Wildlife-borne Diesease in Aisa-Pacific Region


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