BCGC 2013 Achievements
Global change is 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. Therefore, in 2008, the International Society of Zoological Sciences (ISZS) initiated an international research program called Biological Consequences of Global Change (BCGC). In 2009, BCGC was adopted by the International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS) as a new international research program. In 2012, BCGC was reviewed as the core of IUBS scientific programmes and it was approved the by the 31st IUBS GA to implement the BCGC program for the next triennium (2013-2015).
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 world. The focus of BCGC is to organize a diverse group of international experts in various scientific disciplines, to study the consequences of both global climate change and human activities on biological systems.
The BCGC programme also endeavors to promote international collaborations in this field among different countries, by organizing academic publications, workshops, a database and young scientist trainings. Moreover, through building the BCGC into a flagship program, the influence and leadership of IUBS in this very important field will be promoted and secured.
In 2013, BCGC organized 2 symposia, 1 workshop, 1 training course, 1 special issue in Integrative Zoology, and database consolidation. BCGC not only completed all actions described in the action plan for 2013, but exceeded.
Conferences/ meetings / Workshops organised:
- 5th International Symposium of Integrative Zoology, 25–28th June 2013,
- BCGC Workshop at the Grassland Ecosystem Research Base of IOZ, CAS, 29–30th June 2013, Xilinhot, Inner Mongolia
- The 4th International Symposium Borok-IV, 22–28th September 2013, Borok, Russia
- Biological Consequences of Global Change: past and future (page 123); Zhibin ZHANG; Integrative Zoology; Article first published online: 4 JUN 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/1749-4877.12043
- Applying various algorithms for species distribution modeling (pages 124–135); Xinhai LI and Yuan WANG; Integrative Zoology; Article first published online: 4 JUN 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/1749-4877.12000
- Biological consequences of global change for birds (pages 136–144); Anders Pape MØLLER; Integrative Zoology; Article first published online: 4 JUN 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/1749-4877.12006
- Review and synthesis of the effects of climate change on amphibians (pages 145–161); Yiming LI, Jeremy M. COHEN and Jason R. ROHR; Integrative Zoology; Article first published online: 4 JUN 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/1749-4877.12001
- Climate warming increases biodiversity of small rodents by favoring rare or less abundant species in a grassland ecosystem (pages 162–174); Guangshun JIANG, Jun LIU, Lei XU, Guirui YU, Honglin HE and Zhibin ZHANG; Integrative Zoology; Article first published online: 4 JUN 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/1749-4877.12027
- Experimental evaluation of reproductive response to climate warming in an oviparous skink (pages 175–183); Hongliang LU, Yong WANG, Wenqi TANG and Weiguo DU; Integrative Zoology; Article first published online: 4 JUN 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/1749-4877.12025
- Influence of geography and climate on patterns of cell size and body size in the lizard Anolis carolinensis (pages 184–196); Rachel M. GOODMAN, Arthur C. ECHTERNACHT, Jim C. HALL, Lihan D. DENG and Jessica N. WELCH; Integrative Zoology; Article first published online: 4 JUN 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/1749-4877.12041
- Extreme developmental temperatures result in morphological abnormalities in painted turtles (Chrysemys picta): a climate change perspective (pages 197–208); Rory S. TELEMECO, Daniel A. WARNER, Molly K. REIDA and Fredric J. JANZEN; Integrative Zoology; Article first published online: 4 JUN 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/1749-4877.12019
- Artificial nesting habitats as a conservation strategy for turtle populations experiencing global change (pages 209–221); John P. WNEK, Walter F. BIEN and Harold W. AVERY; Integrative Zoology; Article first published online: 4 JUN 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/1749-4877.12042
- Development of partnership:
Sarita Maree, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Zoology & Entomology and Department of Genetics, University of Pretoria, South Africa became a member scientist in the program.
- Other outcome:
- A special issue on BCGC in Integrative Zoology was organized and published in June 2013
- A special presentation about the BCGC program was delivered at the ISZS Institutional Members meeting on 29th June 2013, Beijing, China
- A program information leaflet was displayed at the 5th ICSU Regional Consultation, “Future Earth in Asia and the Pacific”, 26–27th November 2013, Seoul, Korea
- A presentation on BCGC was delivered at the Annual Meeting of the Ecology 17–19th October 2013, Nanchang, Jiangxi, China.
- A special webpage was designed and constructed on ISZS official website at: http://www.globalzoology.org/dct/page/70004