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Conserving biodiverse ‘slow lanes’ in a rapidly changing world


The notion of conserving climate change refugia – areas relatively buffered from current climate change that shelter valued wildlife, ecosystems, and other natural resources – is only about 10 years old, but the field has matured enough that a leading journal has prepared a special issue on the topic.

It offers “a look back at how far we’ve come and a view forward to the work that is still needed,” says editor Toni Lyn Morelli, a research ecologist at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Northeast Climate Adaptation Center (NE CASC) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. “I believe this is the first time there has been a special issue devoted to climate-change refugia” she adds, “so we think it will spur conservation and innovation.

The 100-page issue of Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment organised by Morelli features a new synthesis of developments in refugia science, plus eight articles by experts in the field and an editorial by paleo-ecologist and director of the Southwest and South Central Climate Adaptation Science Centers, Stephen Jackson. MORE

Header image: UMass Amherst/Toni Lyn Morelli.