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Identifying the World's Most Climate Change Vulnerable Species: A Systematic Trait-Based Assessment of all Birds, Amphibians and Corals

  • Wendy B. Foden mail,

    fodenw@gmail.com

    Affiliations: Global Species Programme, International Union for Conservation of Nature, Cambridge, United Kingdom, Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

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  • Stuart H. M. Butchart,

    Affiliation: Science, BirdLife International, Cambridge, United Kingdom

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  • Simon N. Stuart,

    Affiliations: Species Survival Commission, International Union for Conservation of Nature, Gland, Switzerland, United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre, Cambridge, United Kingdom, Al Ain Wildlife Park and Resort, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates, Department of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Bath, Bath, Somerset, United Kingdom

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  • Jean-Christophe Vié,

    Affiliation: Global Species Programme, International Union for Conservation of Nature, Gland, Switzerland

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  • H. Resit Akçakaya,

    Affiliation: Department of Ecology and Evolution, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York, United States of America

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  • Ariadne Angulo,

    Affiliation: Global Species Programme, International Union for Conservation of Nature, Gland, Switzerland

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  • Lyndon M. DeVantier,

    Affiliation: Noosaville, Queensland, Australia

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  • Alexander Gutsche,

    Affiliation: Museum für Naturkunde, Leibniz Institute for Research on Evolution and Biodiversity, Berlin, Germany

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  • Emre Turak,

    Affiliations: Cormec, Cergy, France, Catchment to Reef Research Group, Centre for Tropical Water and Aquatic Ecosystem Research, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, Australia

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  • Long Cao,

    Affiliation: Department of Earth Sciences, ZheJiang University, Hangzhou, China

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  • Simon D. Donner,

    Affiliation: Department of Geography, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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  • Vineet Katariya,

    Affiliation: Global Species Programme, International Union for Conservation of Nature, Cambridge, United Kingdom

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  • Rodolphe Bernard,

    Affiliation: Centre for Population Biology, Imperial College London, Ascot, Berkshire, United Kingdom

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  • Robert A. Holland,

    Affiliation: Centre for Biological Sciences, University of Southampton, Southampton, United Kingdom

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  • Adrian F. Hughes,

    Affiliation: Global Species Programme, International Union for Conservation of Nature, Cambridge, United Kingdom

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  • Susannah E. O’Hanlon,

    Affiliation: Department of Life Sciences, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, United Kingdom

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  • Stephen T. Garnett,

    Affiliation: Research Institute for Environment and Livelihoods, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

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  • Çagan H. Şekercioğlu,

    Affiliation: Department of Biology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America

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  • Georgina M. Mace

    Affiliation: Centre for Biodiversity & Environment Research, Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment, University College London, London, United Kingdom

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  • Published: June 12, 2013
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0065427
  • Published in PLOS ONE

About the Authors

Wendy B. Foden, Vineet Katariya, Adrian F. Hughes
Global Species Programme, International Union for Conservation of Nature, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Wendy B. Foden
Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
Stuart H. M. Butchart
Science, BirdLife International, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Simon N. Stuart
Species Survival Commission, International Union for Conservation of Nature, Gland, Switzerland
Simon N. Stuart
United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Simon N. Stuart
Al Ain Wildlife Park and Resort, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
Simon N. Stuart
Department of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Bath, Bath, Somerset, United Kingdom
Jean-Christophe Vié, Ariadne Angulo
Global Species Programme, International Union for Conservation of Nature, Gland, Switzerland
H. Resit Akçakaya
Department of Ecology and Evolution, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York, United States of America
Lyndon M. DeVantier
Noosaville, Queensland, Australia
Alexander Gutsche
Museum für Naturkunde, Leibniz Institute for Research on Evolution and Biodiversity, Berlin, Germany
Emre Turak
Cormec, Cergy, France
Emre Turak
Catchment to Reef Research Group, Centre for Tropical Water and Aquatic Ecosystem Research, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, Australia
Long Cao
Department of Earth Sciences, ZheJiang University, Hangzhou, China
Simon D. Donner
Department of Geography, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Rodolphe Bernard
Centre for Population Biology, Imperial College London, Ascot, Berkshire, United Kingdom
Robert A. Holland
Centre for Biological Sciences, University of Southampton, Southampton, United Kingdom
Susannah E. O’Hanlon
Department of Life Sciences, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Stephen T. Garnett
Research Institute for Environment and Livelihoods, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
Çagan H. Şekercioğlu
Department of Biology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America
Georgina M. Mace
Centre for Biodiversity & Environment Research, Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment, University College London, London, United Kingdom

Corresponding Author

Email: fodenw@gmail.com

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: WBF GMM SHMB JCV SNS HRA. Analyzed the data: WBF GMM SHMB. Wrote the paper: WBF GMM SHMB JCV. Gathered species trait data: AA AG ET LMD SHMB STG CHS. Conducted climate change exposure modeling: WBF LC SDD VK RB RAH AFH SEO.