While global assessments of extinction risks for birds, mammals, amphibians and other groups are available to help guide their conservation, no similar baseline has existed for plants, despite the fundamental role they play in the biosphere.
What is the relative impact of climate change on extinction risk compared to other threats? This study tries to answer this by using GBIF-mediated occurrences to model the distributions of 129 tree species endemic to the upper montane tropical Andes, and project these into future climate scenarios.
This study is the conclusion of a two-decade monitoring programme during which researchers surveyed intertidal and shallow subtidal octocoral species at 20 sites at Lough Hyne, the first marine reserve in Europe.
Marking the area between the high and low of the tide, the intertidal zone is a distinctive environment with a unique biota, often seen as the ‘canary in the coal mine’ for changes due to climate change in cool regions. This study represents a comprehensive analysis of the biodiversity and biogeography of intertidal communities in the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic regions.
Human land use has a negative impact of on the composition of ecological communities, also known as alpha diversity, but less is known about how the widespread modifications of natural habitats affect species turnover.
Cargo ships transport an estimated 10,000 marine species in ballast water worldwide. This study uses 22,550 GBIF-mediated occurrences to predict the spread of 18 non-indigenous species (NIS) along shipping routes.