Global change is now one of the most hotly debated topics in the world. Indeed, our earth is facing great challenges as a consequence of global change, such as global warming and human disturbance. Understanding the impact of global change is extremely important for the sustainable development of our society. Unfortunately, the biological consequences of global change have been largely ignored.
Due to these circumstances, in 2008, the International Society of Zoological Sciences (ISZS) initiated an international research program called Biological Consequences of Global Change (BCGC). This program was, first supported by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). In 2009, ISZS organized a symposium in Beijing on BCGC and about 130 participants attended the symposium. Also in 2009, BCGC was adopted by the International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS) as a new international research program, led by Dr Zhibin Zhang, Dr Yury Yu Dgebuadze and Dr Hari Sharma. In June 2010, INZ published a special issue on BCGC, guest edited by Nils Chr. Stenseth. Currently, there are nearly 20 scientists from Australia, Chile, China, France, India, Norway, Russia, and the USA in the program.
The focus of the BCGC program is to organize a diverse group of international experts, with expertise in many scientific disciplines, to develop an understanding of the biological consequences and the mechanisms on biological structures, endangered species and biological disasters under both global climate change and human activities.
Because BCGC project has become a core program of IUBS, we propose that Dr Zhibin Zhang continues as the leader of the BCGC program, Dr Xinhai Li and Mr Chunxu Han as the project assistant leaders, if possible.
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