Overview - Climate change and evolution
Our climate is changing at an unprecedented rate, and there is ample evidence that these changes have ecological consequences. The key question now being asked is whether species will be able to adapt fast enough to keep pace with changing environments. Some species will be evolutionary winners (e.g. invasive species), whereas others may not fare as well (e.g. ephemeral populations). Marine ecosystems are especially important in this regard because of the multi-facetted consequences of climate change (e.g. ocean warming and acidification, high rates of 2 biological invasions and emerging diseases). In addition, with the increasing importance of epigenetic inheritance, the balance between genetic adaptation (selection on standing genetic variation) and epigenetic effects (e.g. transgenerational phenotypic plasticity) in response to fast-changing selective agents in the marine environment needs to be reset. Therefore, in this workshop we will bring together researchers with a primary focus on the evolutionary potential of marine populations to adapt to rapidly changing environments.
Please refer to the attached flyer and announcement, or to the AWI announcement at: