Environmental "tipping points" key to predicting extinctions

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'Researchers from North Carolina State University have created a model that mimics how differently adapted populations may respond to rapid climate change. Their findings demonstrate that depending on a population’s adaptive strategy, even tiny changes in climate variability can create a “tipping point” that sends the population into extinction.

Botero and colleagues Franz Weissing from the University of Groningen, Netherlands, Jonathan Wright from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and Dustin Rubenstein from Columbia University, created virtual organisms that were able to modify their insulation – or how they might respond to temperature changes through coat thickness, sweating, etc. – to adapt to the environment, and then placed them in simulations with areas of fast and slow temperature variation and high and low predictability.' (SciGuru)

'Slechts kleine veranderingen in milieuomstandigheden kunnen leiden tot dramatische en onevenredige consequenties voor de levensvatbaarheid van populaties. Dit blijkt uit simulaties van de Groninger theoretisch bioloog Franz Weissing en drie Amerikaanse collega’s met een nieuw samenhangend evolutiemodel (PNAS, 24 november early online).' (Bionieuws)

Period24-Nov-2014 → 13-Dec-2014

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  • TitleOok evolutiemodel voorspelt omslagpunt
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletBionieuws
    Media typePrint
    CountryNetherlands
    Date13/12/2014
    DescriptionSlechts kleine veranderingen in milieuomstandigheden kunnen leiden tot dramatische en onevenredige consequenties voor de levensvatbaarheid van populaties. Dit blijkt uit simulaties van de Groninger theoretisch bioloog Franz Weissing en drie Amerikaanse collega’s met een nieuw samenhangend evolutiemodel (PNAS, 24 november early online).

    Het nieuw ontwikkelde model voorspelt evolutionaire reacties op veranderende omgevingsomstandigheden. Veel organismen bezitten voldoende fenotypische plasticiteit om binnen een regio te overleven, maar juist grote overgangen in omstandigheden tussen regio’s kunnen resulteren in plotseling instorten van populaties en uitsterving.
    Producer/AuthorGert van Maanen
    URLarchief.bionieuws.nl/
    PersonsCarlos Botero, Franz Weissing
  • TitleClimate is as hot (a subject) as ever
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletThe Huffington Post
    Media typeWeb
    CountryUnited States
    Date01/12/2014
    Description..... First, about tipping points, extinctions and edges. I have written about those subjects, here and here. Recently a new study came out showing that, depending on the adaptive strategy of a population, the tipping points might be of different nature. ......
    Producer/AuthorAstrid Caldas
    URLhttps://www.huffpost.com/entry/climate-is-as-hot-a-subje_b_6249972
    PersonsFranz Weissing
  • TitleNew "tipping point" model could help predict species extinction
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletA\J Alternatives Journal
    Media typeWeb
    CountryCanada
    Date26/11/2014
    DescriptionEnvironmental “tipping points” can provide researchers with valuable clues to detect when species are facing population collapse or extinction.
    Producer/AuthorAndrew Reeves
    URLwww.alternativesjournal.ca/community/blogs/current-events/new-tipping-point-model-could-help-predict-species-extinction
    PersonsCarlos Botero, Franz Weissing
  • TitleIl rischio di estinzione di fronte ai cambiamenti climatici
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletle Scienze
    Media typePrint
    CountryItaly
    Date25/11/2014
    DescriptionDi fronte ai cambiamenti climatici - lenti, veloci, prevedibili o imprevedibili che siano - le specie riescono a sfruttare diverse strategie di adattamento. L'efficacia di queste strategie va però in crisi, fino a portare rapidamente la specie all'estinzione, quando cambia il modello stesso del cambiamento ambientale
    URLwww.lescienze.it/news/2014/11/25/news/cambiamento_clima_adattamento_estinzione_specie-2389037/
    PersonsFranz Weissing, Carlos Botero
  • TitleClimate change, species extinctions and tipping points
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletENN Wildlife
    Media typeWeb
    CountryUnited States
    Date25/11/2014
    DescriptionResearchers from North Carolina State University have created a model that mimics how differently adapted populations may respond to rapid climate change. Their findings demonstrate that depending on a population's adaptive strategy, even tiny changes in climate variability can create a "tipping point" that sends the population into extinction.
    Producer/AuthorNorth Carolina State University
    URLwww.enn.com/wildlife/article/48037
    PersonsCarlos Botero, Franz Weissing
  • TitleEnvironmental "tipping points" key to predicting extinctions
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletSciGuru
    Media typeWeb
    CountryUnited States
    Date25/11/2014
    DescriptionResearchers from North Carolina State University have created a model that mimics how differently adapted populations may respond to rapid climate change. Their findings demonstrate that depending on a population’s adaptive strategy, even tiny changes in climate variability can create a “tipping point” that sends the population into extinction.
    Producer/AuthorScience News Desk
    URLwww.sciguru.org/newsitem/18008/environmental-tipping-points-key-predicting-extinctions
    PersonsCarlos Botero, Franz Weissing
  • TitleEnvironmental 'tipping points' key to predicting extinctions
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletPhys.org
    Media typeWeb
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    Date24/11/2014
    DescriptionResearchers from North Carolina State University have created a model that mimics how differently adapted populations may respond to rapid climate change. Their findings demonstrate that depending on a population's adaptive strategy, even tiny changes in climate variability can create a "tipping point" that sends the population into extinction.
    Producer/AuthorNorth Carolina State University
    URLhttps://phys.org/news/2014-11-environmental-key-extinctions.html
    PersonsFranz Weissing, Carlos Botero
  • TitleEnvironmental 'tipping points' key to predicting extinctions
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletEurekAlert!
    Media typeWeb
    CountryUnited States
    Date24/11/2014
    DescriptionResearchers from North Carolina State University have created a model that mimics how differently adapted populations may respond to rapid climate change. Their findings demonstrate that depending on a population's adaptive strategy, even tiny changes in climate variability can create a "tipping point" that sends the population into extinction.
    Producer/AuthorNorth Carolina State University
    URLhttps://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-11/ncsu-ep111914.php
    PersonsFranz Weissing, Carlos Botero