Insect Ecology Lab at UNE setting priorities in climate change research

Posted by | February 13, 2013 | Uncategorized | No Comments

Associate Professor Andrew, based in Zoology at The University of New England, has led a group of researchers around the world to assess climate change literature on insects in the first Issue of PeerJ*, an international open access journal aiming to change the way scientific research is published.
From 1703 papers published between 1985 and 2012, Associate Professor Andrew’s group examined how climate change affecting insects is being assessed, what factors are being tested and the localities of studies. The team found that while research predicting how insects will respond to a rapidly changing climate is still in its infancy, current research gives a good basis for how the scientific community are attempting to assess insect responses.
In particular, the team identified a crucial need for broader studies of ecological, behavioural, physiological and life history responses across a greater range of geographic locations, particularly in areas of high human population growth and habitat modification.
“It is well understood that species that are rare and have a restricted distribution may be highly vulnerable to human-induced climate change. However, the responses of common species to climate change are still poorly understood. It is anticipated that because they are common they are resilient and have a high adaptive capability to rapid change. However, extreme ecological changes can occur when the populations of common species go through a rapid and severe fluctuation.” Associate Professor Andrew said.
This research directly links to Associate Professor Andrew’s long-term achievements in climate change research, entomology, ecology and zoology with his recent achievements in physiology, behaviour, and genetics research.

Associate Professor Andrew’s research interests span a range of interlinked topics of significance to biological and geographical diversity.
For more information please visit: http://www.une.edu.au/ers/research/insect-ecology-lab/
For further interviews or media enquiries please contact Gabby Brigden at Horizon Communication Group on 02 8572 5600 or gabby@horizoncg.com.au
For more information about the project please contact Nigel Andrew on 02 6773 2937, 0427 466 417 or nigel.andrew@une.edu.au

*Notes to editors
PeerJ is an Open Access publisher of scholarly articles. They are using a novel funding model to publish peer reviewed research, and this enables the scientific community to be fully involved with process of science. Peer reviews of accepted articles will be made available for the community to see, and to identify the process and changes that have been made as part of a manuscripts evolution. Once published, other researchers will be able to comment on the papers, and add their own thoughts to the scientific process.
Andrew NR, Hill SJ, Binns M, Md. Habibullah Bahar, Emma V. Ridley, Myung-Pyo Jung , Chris Fyfe, Michelle Yates and Mohammad Khusro. (2013) Assessing insect responses to climate change: What are we testing for? Where should we be heading? PeerJ, e11. https://peerj.com/articles/11

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