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Type: Journal article
Title: Building evolutionary resilience for conserving biodiversity under climate change
Author: Sgro, C.
Lowe, A.
Hoffmann, A.
Citation: Evolutionary Applications, 2011; 4(2):326-337
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
Issue Date: 2011
ISSN: 1752-4571
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Carla M. Sgrò, Andrew J. Lowe and Ary A. Hoffmann
Abstract: Evolution occurs rapidly and is an ongoing process in our environments. Evolutionary principles need to be built into conservation efforts, particularly given the stressful conditions organisms are increasingly likely to experience because of climate change and ongoing habitat fragmentation. The concept of evolutionary resilience is a way of emphasizing evolutionary processes in conservation and landscape planning. From an evolutionary perspective, landscapes need to allow in situ selection and capture high levels of genetic variation essential for responding to the direct and indirect effects of climate change. We summarize ideas that need to be considered in planning for evolutionary resilience and suggest how they might be incorporated into policy and management to ensure that resilience is maintained in the face of environmental degradation.
Keywords: adaptive potential; biodiversity; climate change; conservation; evolution; evolutionary resilience; genetic diversity
Description: First published online: 18 October 2010
Rights: © 2010 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
RMID: 0020104898
DOI: 10.1111/j.1752-4571.2010.00157.x
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