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Model Systems for a No-analog Future

The early view version of Model systems for a no-analog future: species associations and climates during the last deglaciation has just been published online (Williams et al, 2013, in a special issue of the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences). With global climate change, Earth ecosystems may be moving into novel states that have no modern analogs. Thus, predicting and modeling the behavior of these ecosystems present major challenges. This paper explores model systems from the last deglaciation that also have no modern analogs and how these may help understand future ecosystem response. The paper, which utilizes pollen data from Neotoma, emanates from a workshop "Climate Change and Species Interactions: Ways Forward" held at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in November, 2012.

Posted by Eric Grimm on 08/28