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Title: Adaptive responses of animals to climate change are most likely insufficient

Abstract

Biological responses to climate change have been widely documented across taxa and regions, but it remains unclear whether species are maintaining a good match between phenotype and environment, i.e. whether observed trait changes are adaptive. Here we reviewed 10,090 abstracts and extracted data from 71 studies reported in 58 relevant publications, to assess quantitatively whether phenotypic trait changes associated with climate change are adaptive in animals. A meta-analysis focussing on birds, the taxon best represented in our dataset, suggests that global warming has not systematically affected morphological traits, but has advanced phenological traits. We demonstrate that these advances are adaptive for some species, but imperfect as evidenced by the observed consistent selection for earlier timing. Application of a theoretical model indicates that the evolutionary load imposed by incomplete adaptive responses to ongoing climate change may already be threatening the persistence of species.

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  1. Leibniz Inst. for Zoo and Wildlife Research, Berlin (Germany)
  2. Univ. College Cork (Ireland)
  3. Univ. de Montpellier (France)
  4. Netherlands Inst. of Ecology, Wageningen (Netherlands)
  5. Univ. of Leeds, Leeds (United Kingdom)
  6. Palacký Univ., Olomouc (Czech Republic)
  7. Univ. of Antwerp (Belgium)
  8. Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm (Sweden)
  9. Department of Forest and Conservation Sciences, Vancouver, BC (Canada)
  10. Experimental Station of Arid Zones, Almeria (Spain)
  11. Univ. of Seville (Spain)
  12. Univ. of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Brownsville, TX (United States)
  13. Museu de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona (Spain)
  14. Bush Estate, Penicuik (United Kingdom)
  15. Univ. Paul Sabatier, Moulis (France)
  16. Univ. of Extremadura, Badajoz (Spain)
  17. Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY (United States)
  18. Ludwig Maximilian Univ., Munich (Germany)
  19. Univ. of Hyogo, Kobe (Japan)
  20. Univ. of Turku (Finland)
  21. Leibniz Inst. for Zoo and Wildlife Research, Berlin (Germany); Potsdam Univ. (Germany)
  22. CREAF, Cerdanyola del Vallès (Spain); Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC), Bellaterra (Spain)
  23. Norwegian Inst. for Nature Research (NINA), Trondheim (Norway); Norwegian Univ. of Science and Technology, Trondheim (Norway)
  24. Univ. of Gloucestershire (United Kingdom)
  25. Estonian Univ. of Life Sciences, Tartu (Estonia)
  26. Lund Univ. (Sweden)
  27. Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Center (BiK-F). Frankfurt (Germany)
  28. Univ. of Potsdam (Germany); HSR Hochschule für Technik, Rapperswil (Switzerland)
  29. Univ. of Ottawa, ON (Canada)
  30. Univ. of Granada (Spain)
  31. Sorbonne Univ., Paris (France)
  32. Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC), Bellaterra (Spain)
  33. Univ. of Zurich (Switzerland)
  34. LPO Mission Rapaces, Mas-Thibert (France)
  35. Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin (Germany)
  36. Savannah River Site (SRS), Aiken, SC (United States). Savannah River Ecology Lab. (SREL)
  37. CREAF, Cerdanyola del Vallès (Spain); Natural History Museum of Granollers (Spain)
  38. Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC), Bellaterra (Spain); Norwegian Inst. for Nature Research (NINA), Trondheim (Norway)
  39. Tokyo Metropolitan Univ. (Japan)
  40. Univ. of Wyoming, Laramie, WY (United States)
  41. Potsdam Inst. for Climate Impact Research (PIK) (Germany)
  42. Imperial College, London (United Kingdom); Univ. of Cambridge (United Kingdom)
  43. Poznan Univ. of Life Sciences (Poland)
  44. Univ. of Helsinki (Finland)
  45. Univ. of Oxford (United Kingdom)
  46. Universite Paris-Saclay, Orsay (France)
  47. Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)
  48. Auburn Univ., AL (United States)
  49. Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States)
  50. Leibniz Inst. for Zoo and Wildlife Research, Berlin (Germany); Technical Univ. of Berlin (Germany)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Univ. of Georgia, Athens, GA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Environmental Management (EM)
OSTI Identifier:
1614670
Grant/Contract Number:  
FC09-07SR22506
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Nature Communications
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 10; Journal Issue: 1; Journal ID: ISSN 2041-1723
Publisher:
Nature Publishing Group
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
59 BASIC BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES; Science & Technology - Other Topics

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Radchuk, Viktoriia, Reed, Thomas, Teplitsky, Céline, van de Pol, Martijn, Charmantier, Anne, Hassall, Christopher, Adamík, Peter, Adriaensen, Frank, Ahola, Markus P., Arcese, Peter, Miguel Avilés, Jesús, Balbontin, Javier, Berg, Karl S., Borras, Antoni, Burthe, Sarah, Clobert, Jean, Dehnhard, Nina, de Lope, Florentino, Dhondt, André A., Dingemanse, Niels J., Doi, Hideyuki, Eeva, Tapio, Fickel, Joerns, Filella, Iolanda, Fossøy, Frode, Goodenough, Anne E., Hall, Stephen J. G., Hansson, Bengt, Harris, Michael, Hasselquist, Dennis, Hickler, Thomas, Joshi, Jasmin, Kharouba, Heather, Martínez, Juan Gabriel, Mihoub, Jean-Baptiste, Mills, James A., Molina-Morales, Mercedes, Moksnes, Arne, Ozgul, Arpat, Parejo, Deseada, Pilard, Philippe, Poisbleau, Maud, Rousset, Francois, Rödel, Mark-Oliver, Scott, David, Senar, Juan Carlos, Stefanescu, Constanti, Stokke, Bård G., Kusano, Tamotsu, Tarka, Maja, Tarwater, Corey E., Thonicke, Kirsten, Thorley, Jack, Wilting, Andreas, Tryjanowski, Piotr, Merilä, Juha, Sheldon, Ben C., Pape Møller, Anders, Matthysen, Erik, Janzen, Fredric, Dobson, F. Stephen, Visser, Marcel E., Beissinger, Steven R., Courtiol, Alexandre, and Kramer-Schadt, Stephanie. Adaptive responses of animals to climate change are most likely insufficient. United States: N. p., 2019. Web. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-019-10924-4.
Radchuk, Viktoriia, Reed, Thomas, Teplitsky, Céline, van de Pol, Martijn, Charmantier, Anne, Hassall, Christopher, Adamík, Peter, Adriaensen, Frank, Ahola, Markus P., Arcese, Peter, Miguel Avilés, Jesús, Balbontin, Javier, Berg, Karl S., Borras, Antoni, Burthe, Sarah, Clobert, Jean, Dehnhard, Nina, de Lope, Florentino, Dhondt, André A., Dingemanse, Niels J., Doi, Hideyuki, Eeva, Tapio, Fickel, Joerns, Filella, Iolanda, Fossøy, Frode, Goodenough, Anne E., Hall, Stephen J. G., Hansson, Bengt, Harris, Michael, Hasselquist, Dennis, Hickler, Thomas, Joshi, Jasmin, Kharouba, Heather, Martínez, Juan Gabriel, Mihoub, Jean-Baptiste, Mills, James A., Molina-Morales, Mercedes, Moksnes, Arne, Ozgul, Arpat, Parejo, Deseada, Pilard, Philippe, Poisbleau, Maud, Rousset, Francois, Rödel, Mark-Oliver, Scott, David, Senar, Juan Carlos, Stefanescu, Constanti, Stokke, Bård G., Kusano, Tamotsu, Tarka, Maja, Tarwater, Corey E., Thonicke, Kirsten, Thorley, Jack, Wilting, Andreas, Tryjanowski, Piotr, Merilä, Juha, Sheldon, Ben C., Pape Møller, Anders, Matthysen, Erik, Janzen, Fredric, Dobson, F. Stephen, Visser, Marcel E., Beissinger, Steven R., Courtiol, Alexandre, & Kramer-Schadt, Stephanie. Adaptive responses of animals to climate change are most likely insufficient. United States. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-019-10924-4
Radchuk, Viktoriia, Reed, Thomas, Teplitsky, Céline, van de Pol, Martijn, Charmantier, Anne, Hassall, Christopher, Adamík, Peter, Adriaensen, Frank, Ahola, Markus P., Arcese, Peter, Miguel Avilés, Jesús, Balbontin, Javier, Berg, Karl S., Borras, Antoni, Burthe, Sarah, Clobert, Jean, Dehnhard, Nina, de Lope, Florentino, Dhondt, André A., Dingemanse, Niels J., Doi, Hideyuki, Eeva, Tapio, Fickel, Joerns, Filella, Iolanda, Fossøy, Frode, Goodenough, Anne E., Hall, Stephen J. G., Hansson, Bengt, Harris, Michael, Hasselquist, Dennis, Hickler, Thomas, Joshi, Jasmin, Kharouba, Heather, Martínez, Juan Gabriel, Mihoub, Jean-Baptiste, Mills, James A., Molina-Morales, Mercedes, Moksnes, Arne, Ozgul, Arpat, Parejo, Deseada, Pilard, Philippe, Poisbleau, Maud, Rousset, Francois, Rödel, Mark-Oliver, Scott, David, Senar, Juan Carlos, Stefanescu, Constanti, Stokke, Bård G., Kusano, Tamotsu, Tarka, Maja, Tarwater, Corey E., Thonicke, Kirsten, Thorley, Jack, Wilting, Andreas, Tryjanowski, Piotr, Merilä, Juha, Sheldon, Ben C., Pape Møller, Anders, Matthysen, Erik, Janzen, Fredric, Dobson, F. Stephen, Visser, Marcel E., Beissinger, Steven R., Courtiol, Alexandre, and Kramer-Schadt, Stephanie. Tue . "Adaptive responses of animals to climate change are most likely insufficient". United States. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-019-10924-4. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1614670.
@article{osti_1614670,
title = {Adaptive responses of animals to climate change are most likely insufficient},
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abstractNote = {Biological responses to climate change have been widely documented across taxa and regions, but it remains unclear whether species are maintaining a good match between phenotype and environment, i.e. whether observed trait changes are adaptive. Here we reviewed 10,090 abstracts and extracted data from 71 studies reported in 58 relevant publications, to assess quantitatively whether phenotypic trait changes associated with climate change are adaptive in animals. A meta-analysis focussing on birds, the taxon best represented in our dataset, suggests that global warming has not systematically affected morphological traits, but has advanced phenological traits. We demonstrate that these advances are adaptive for some species, but imperfect as evidenced by the observed consistent selection for earlier timing. Application of a theoretical model indicates that the evolutionary load imposed by incomplete adaptive responses to ongoing climate change may already be threatening the persistence of species.},
doi = {10.1038/s41467-019-10924-4},
journal = {Nature Communications},
number = 1,
volume = 10,
place = {United States},
year = {2019},
month = {7}
}

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