Table of Contents: Ecological Impacts of Climate Change


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The ecological impacts of climate change are broad and diverse, altering species' range limits, plant phenology and growth, carbon and nutrient cycling, as well as biodiversity and extinction risk. Recent PLOS articles have used a variety of experimental and observational approaches to examine these impacts.

The broad range of papers within this Collection emphasize not only the multi-faceted impacts of climate change on ecological and human systems, but also the breadth and depth of research on these subjects being reported in PLOS journals.

This Collection was curated by PLOS ONE Section Editor Dr. Ben Bond-Lamberty.

PLOS Collections:

Unsolved Mystery

The Case of the Missing Mechanism: How Does Temperature Influence Seasonal Timing in Endotherms?

Samuel P. Caro, Sonja V. Schaper, Roelof A. Hut, Gregory F. Ball, Marcel E. Visser

Research Articles

Vulnerability of Mediterranean Ecosystems to Long-Term Changes along the Coast of Israel

David Kaniewski, Elise Van Campo, Christophe Morhange, Joël Guiot, Dov Zviely, Sabine Le Burel, Thierry Otto, Michal Artzy

Threats from Climate Change to Terrestrial Vertebrate Hotspots in Europe

Luigi Maiorano, Giovanni Amori, Massimo Capula, Alessandra Falcucci, Monica Masi, Alessandro Montemaggiori, Julien Pottier, Achilleas Psomas, Carlo Rondinini, Danilo Russo, Niklaus E. Zimmermann, Luigi Boitani, Antoine Guisan

Biotic and Human Vulnerability to Projected Changes in Ocean Biogeochemistry over the 21st Century

Camilo Mora, Chih-Lin Wei, Audrey Rollo, Teresa Amaro, Amy R. Baco, David Billett, Laurent Bopp, Qi Chen, Mark Collier, Roberto Danovaro, Andrew J. Gooday, Benjamin M. Grupe, Paul R. Halloran, Jeroen Ingels, Daniel O. B. Jones, Lisa A. Levin, Hideyuki Nakano, Karl Norling, Eva Ramirez-Llodra, Michael Rex, Henry A. Ruhl, Craig R. Smith, Andrew K. Sweetman, Andrew R. Thurber, Jerry F. Tjiputra, Paolo Usseglio, Les Watling, Tongwen Wu, Moriaki Yasuhara

Growth and Phenology of Three Dwarf Shrub Species in a Six-Year Soil Warming Experiment at the Alpine Treeline

Alba Anadon-Rosell, Christian Rixen, Paolo Cherubini, Sonja Wipf, Frank Hagedorn, Melissa A. Dawes

Tree Migration-Rates: Narrowing the Gap between Inferred Post-Glacial Rates and Projected Rates

Angelica Feurdean, Shonil A. Bhagwat, Katherine J. Willis, H. John B Birks, Heike Lischke, Thomas Hickler

Water Stress Strengthens Mutualism Among Ants, Trees, and Scale Insects

Elizabeth G. Pringle, Erol Akçay, Ted K. Raab, Rodolfo Dirzo, Deborah M. Gordon

Assessing the Effects of Climate on Host-Parasite Interactions: A Comparative Study of European Birds and Their Parasites

Anders Pape Møller, Santiago Merino, Juan José Soler, Anton Antonov, Elisa P. Badás, Miguel A. Calero-Torralbo, Florentino de Lope, Tapio Eeva, Jordi Figuerola, Einar Flensted-Jensen, Laszlo Z. Garamszegi, Sonia González-Braojos, Helga Gwinner, Sveinn Are Hanssen, Dieter Heylen, Petteri Ilmonen, Kurt Klarborg, Erkki Korpimäki, Javier Martínez, Josue Martínez-de la Puente, Alfonso Marzal, Erik Matthysen, Piotr Matyjasiak, Mercedes Molina-Morales, Juan Moreno, Timothy A. Mousseau, Jan Tøttrup Nielsen, Péter László Pap, Juan Rivero-de Aguilar, Peter Shurulinkov, Tore Slagsvold, Tibor Szép, Eszter Szöllősi, Janos Török, Radovan Vaclav, Francisco Valera, Nadia Ziane

Pathogen-Host Associations and Predicted Range Shifts of Human Monkeypox in Response to Climate Change in Central Africa

Henri A. Thomassen, Trevon Fuller, Salvi Asefi-Najafabady, Julia A. G. Shiplacoff, Prime M. Mulembakani, Seth Blumberg, Sara C. Johnston, Neville K. Kisalu, Timothée L. Kinkela, Joseph N. Fair, Nathan D. Wolfe, Robert L. Shongo, Matthew LeBreton, Hermann Meyer, Linda L. Wright, Jean-Jacques Muyembe, Wolfgang Buermann, Emile Okitolonda, Lisa E. Hensley, James O. Lloyd-Smith, Thomas B. Smith, Anne W. Rimoin

Signals of Climate Change in Butterfly Communities in a Mediterranean Protected Area

Konstantina Zografou, Vassiliki Kati, Andrea Grill, Robert J. Wilson, Elli Tzirkalli, Lazaros N. Pamperis, John M. Halley

Individualistic Population Responses of Five Frog Species in Two Changing Tropical Environments over Time

Mason J. Ryan, Michael M. Fuller, Norman J. Scott, Joseph A. Cook, Steven Poe, Beatriz Willink, Gerardo Chaves, Federico Bolaños

How to Decide Whether to Move Species Threatened by Climate Change

Tracy M. Rout, Eve McDonald-Madden, Tara G. Martin, Nicola J. Mitchell, Hugh P. Possingham, Doug P. Armstrong

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

Wendy B. Foden, Stuart H. M. Butchart, Simon N. Stuart, Jean-Christophe Vié, H. Resit Akçakaya, Ariadne Angulo, Lyndon M. DeVantier, Alexander Gutsche, Emre Turak, Long Cao, Simon D. Donner, Vineet Katariya, Rodolphe Bernard, Robert A. Holland, Adrian F. Hughes, Susannah E. O’Hanlon, Stephen T. Garnett, Çagan H. Şekercioğlu, Georgina M. Mace

Rare Species Support Vulnerable Functions in High-Diversity Ecosystems

David Mouillot, David R. Bellwood, Christopher Baraloto, Jerome Chave, Rene Galzin, Mireille Harmelin-Vivien, Michel Kulbicki, Sebastien Lavergne, Sandra Lavorel, Nicolas Mouquet, C. E. Timothy Paine, Julien Renaud, Wilfried Thuiller

A Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment of California's At-Risk Birds

Thomas Gardali, Nathaniel E. Seavy, Ryan T. DiGaudio, Lyann A. Comrack

Citizen Science Reveals an Extensive Shift in the Winter Distribution of Migratory Western Grebes

Scott Wilson, Eric M. Anderson, Amy S. G. Wilson, Douglas F. Bertram, Peter Arcese

Climate Change Winners: Receding Ice Fields Facilitate Colony Expansion and Altered Dynamics in an Adélie Penguin Metapopulation

Michelle A. LaRue, David G. Ainley, Matt Swanson, Katie M. Dugger, Phil O′B. Lyver, Kerry Barton, Grant Ballard

Contrasting Patterns of Coral Bleaching Susceptibility in 2010 Suggest an Adaptive Response to Thermal Stress

James R. Guest, Andrew H. Baird, Jeffrey A. Maynard, Efin Muttaqin, Alasdair J. Edwards, Stuart J. Campbell, Katie Yewdall, Yang Amri Affendi, Loke Ming Chou

Coral Thermal Tolerance: Tuning Gene Expression to Resist Thermal Stress

Anthony J. Bellantuono, Camila Granados-Cifuentes, David J. Miller, Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, Mauricio Rodriguez-Lanetty

Climate Change and Eutrophication Induced Shifts in Northern Summer Plankton Communities

Sanna Suikkanen, Silvia Pulina, Jonna Engström-Öst, Maiju Lehtiniemi, Sirpa Lehtinen, Andreas Brutemark

Record-Breaking Early Flowering in the Eastern United States

Elizabeth R. Ellwood, Stanley A. Temple, Richard B. Primack, Nina L. Bradley, Charles C. Davis

Changes to Airborne Pollen Counts across Europe

Chiara Ziello, Tim H. Sparks, Nicole Estrella, Jordina Belmonte, Karl C. Bergmann, Edith Bucher, Maria Antonia Brighetti, Athanasios Damialis, Monique Detandt, Carmen Galán, Regula Gehrig, Lukasz Grewling, Adela M. Gutiérrez Bustillo, Margrét Hallsdóttir, Marie-Claire Kockhans-Bieda, Concepción De Linares, Dorota Myszkowska, Anna Pàldy, Adriana Sánchez, Matthew Smith, Michel Thibaudon, Alessandro Travaglini, Agnieszka Uruska, Rosa M. Valencia-Barrera, Despoina Vokou, Reinhard Wachter, Letty A. de Weger, Annette Menzel

Some Like It Hot: The Influence and Implications of Climate Change on Coffee Berry Borer (Hypothenemus hampei) and Coffee Production in East Africa

Juliana Jaramillo, Eric Muchugu, Fernando E. Vega, Aaron Davis, Christian Borgemeister, Adenirin Chabi-Olaye

Urban Warming Drives Insect Pest Abundance on Street Trees

Emily K. Meineke, Robert R. Dunn, Joseph O. Sexton, Steven D. Frank

Climate Change May Boost the Invasion of the Asian Needle Ant

Cleo Bertelsmeier, Benoît Guénard, Franck Courchamp

Using Historical and Experimental Data to Reveal Warming Effects on Ant Assemblages

Julian Resasco, Shannon L. Pelini, Katharine L. Stuble, Nathan J. Sanders, Robert R. Dunn, Sarah E. Diamond, Aaron M. Ellison, Nicholas J. Gotelli, Douglas J. Levey