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Climate change

Last Meeting: 14th December 2018.

The effects of anthropogenic climate change are now being felt in all terrestrial ecosystems. The group aims to provide a forum for the discussion of studies into the impacts of this phenomenon on all aspects of insect biology and ecology. Import issues include the creation of conditions that may lead to the ingress of invasive species, changes in insect distributions and loss of habitat. Changes in phenologies may have widespread impacts as a given insects occurrence becomes asynchronous with host plant or breeding site. Similarly, crop pests and the complex of parasitoids, predators and pathogens that regulate their populations may increasingly fail to co-occur, leading to perturbations in biological control. For some species, as the planet warms there will be simply nowhere to go and extinction beckons. The group welcomes contributions on all aspects of the problem, from insect conservation to pest control, and held its first meeting at the Central Science Laboratory in the autumn of 2008.


Scott Hayward, University of Birmingham,

Programme & abstracts from 2 November 2016 meeting are avialable here for RES Members/Fellows

Jon Bridle, University of Bristol. ' Evolutionary shifts in host plant use in response to climate change in the UK Brown Argus butterfly'

Scott Hayward, University of Birmingham. 'Is winter coming? How climate warming disrupts the diapuase response.'

Julie Ewald, Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust. 'Long-term changes in cereal invertebrates: extreme events, weather and pesticide use.'

Steve Thackeray, CEH. 'Climate change and the seasonal activities of UK plants and animals.'

Liam Crowley, University of Birmingham. 'Insects as key drivers in woodland systems under climate change.'

Paul Parham, University of Liverpool. 'Zika virus and the Effects of El Nino.'

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