Professor Carla Sgrò
Head, Genetics, Evolution, Biodiversity and Climate Change Research Group
T: +61 3 9902 0332
Out group seeks to expose the complexity of species responses to environmental change to better understand and manage evolution and extinction in a changing world. Everyone has heard about global warming and climate change. And we have all heard the argument that temperatures have been changing throughout Earth’s history, so why worry? Two things make this period of global warming different. First, the warming is almost entirely caused by human actions. Second, the warming is happening at unprecedented rates.
The consequences of global warming for biodiversity are dire. And because no serious attempts have been made to slow or reverse the actions that cause global warming, we are committed to a future of increasing temperatures, whose effects on all living things will magnify each decade. Can we predict the fate of species under global warming? The answer at the moment is no. Predicting how species respond to climate change requires understanding about physiology, genetics, ecology and evolution. It is really complex. But the unprecedented nature of climate change demands our attention. Our research embraces this complexity. By focusing on the interplay between organisms, their genes and their environment, we aim to better understand the factors that facilitate or constrain species responses to climate change. Our work stresses the importance of both genetic adaptation and phenotypic plasticity in underpinning responses to global change.
- Dr Vanessa Kellermann, ARC DECRA Fellow
- Dr Belinda van Heerwaarden, ARC Postdoctoral Fellow
- Dr Sandra Hangartner
- Fiona Cockerall
- Allannah Clemson
- Clémentine Lasne