iCCB 2011 Achievements

We intend our effort to be integrative to provide hierarchical explorations of processes at the individual, population and community levels. We will need to understand the past if we are to forecast the future. Climate change biology is a complex societal and scientific issue that requires joint efforts in scientific research, outreach and education. Only when researchers of diverse expertise join forces to (i) identify, articulate and structure the problem, (ii) provide hierarchical explorations of the issue, and (iii) develop research, outreach and educational frameworks, can we address climate change biology in a proper way. Overcoming challenges of inter-disciplinary research requires a common framework and language that is able to link biological and physical processes that occur, and are investigated, across a huge variety of spatial and temporal scales.

Activities 2011:

- Workshops organised: The two-day workshop on "Modelling Species, Traits and
Climate", in September in Frankfurt Germany

- Publications:

Polly, P.D., J.T. Eronen, M. Fred, G.P. Dietl, V. Mosbrugger, C. Scheidegger, D.C. Frank, J. Damuth, N.C. Stenseth, and M. Fortelius. 2011. History Matters: ecometrics and integrative climate change biology. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 278: 1131-1140.

Lawing, A. M., J.J. Head, and P.D. Polly. Accepted. The ecology of morphology: the ecometrics of locomotion and macroenvironment in North American snakes. In: J. Louys (ed), Palaeontology in Ecology
and Conservation. Springer.

- Relevance for the scientific community: Evidently considered to be high, as convergent intiatives have been recently launched

- Innovation: Using trait-based ecometrics as common currency across all scales

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