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 Academic Editor Dr. Ben Bond-Lamberty. For more information about this collection, please read his post on the EveryONE blog.

Collection Citation: Ecological Impacts of Climate Change Collection (2013)

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

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