CLIMATE CHANGE DISRUPTS SONGBIRD’S TIMING WITHOUT IMPACTING POPULATION SIZE (YET)
Songbird populations can handle far more disrupting climate change than expected. Density-dependent processes are buying them time for their battle. But without (slow) evolutionary rescue it will not save them in the end, says an international team of scientists led by the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) in Science this week.
What will happen when a plant moves to higher latitudes driven by climate change, potentially leaving behind friends and foes? Will it outcompete local plants, will originally interacting species become re-united, or do we get novel communities and ecosystems? This will be studied by professor Wim van der Putten of the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) with a prestigious European grant of two million Euros. His research aims to enhance predictions of our nature’s future in a warming world.
His Royal Highness the Prince of Orange has paid the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW) a working visit on Tuesday April 16th, 2013. It was his last visit with the national Advisory Board on Water, that he chairs until April 30 - the day of the coronation ceremonies.