Out of Stony Brook University, two independent studies published in prestigious peer-reviewed journals show the effects of climate change on differing aspects of the earth’s ecosystem. Gordon Taylor, PhD, Professor in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) at Stony Brook, had his collaborative research, “Ecosystem responses in the southern Caribbean Sea to global climate change,” published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on Monday; and John J. Wiens, PhD, Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution, had his collaborative research, “How does climate change cause extinction?” published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society of London on Tuesday.


LONG-TERM OBSERVATIONS IN THE TROPICS LINKED TO GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE

Research published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, October 15, 2012

Reports of declining ice coverage and drowning polar bears in the Arctic illustrate dramatic ecosystem responses to global climate change in Earth’s polar regions. But in this first-ever account of a long-term project in the southern Caribbean, Gordon Taylor, Professor in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook, and his colleagues report their findings in this week’s Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences U.S.A. in an article entitled, “Ecosystem responses in the southern Caribbean Sea to global climate change,”  that tropical ecosystems are also affected by global climatic trends – and with accompanying economic impacts.

Please click here for the independent announcement in its entirety.


NEW STUDY REVEALS THE CAUSES OF EXTINCTION FROM GLOBAL WARMING
Research published in Proceedings of the Royal Society of London,
October 16, 2012

A new study, “How does climate change cause extinction?” published online in Proceedings of the Royal Society of London on Tuesday, October 16, 2012, reviewed 136 case studies to determine the underlying causes of why many populations have gone extinct due to changing climate. The research was led by John J. Wiens, Associate Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution.

Please click here for the independent announcement in its entirety.

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