Towards Integrating Evolution, Metabolism, and Climate Change Studies of Marine Ecosystems

Federico Baltar, Barbara Bayer, Nina Bednarsek, Stacy Deppeler, Ruben Escribano, Carolina E Gonzalez, Roberta L Hansman, Rajani Kanta Mishra, Mary Ann Moran, Daniel J Repeta, Carol Robinson, Eva Sintes, Christian Tamburini, Luis E Valentin, Gerhard J Herndl

Global environmental changes are challenging the structure and functioning of ecosystems. However, a mechanistic understanding of how global environmental changes will affect ecosystems is still lacking. The complex and interacting biological and physical processes spanning vast temporal and spatial scales that constitute an ecosystem make this a formidable problem. A unifying framework based on ecological theory, that considers fundamental and realized niches, combined with metabolic, evolutionary, and climate change studies, is needed to provide the mechanistic understanding required to evaluate and forecast the future of marine communities, ecosystems, and their services.

Department of Limnology and Bio-Oceanography, Department of Microbiology and Ecosystem Science
Trends in Ecology and Evolution
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Austrian Fields of Science 2012
106021 Marine biology
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