Climate change will likely cause animals and plants species to migrate. That’s according to a new study by the University of Washington and The Evergreen State College, on which School of Environmental and Forest Sciences professor Joshua Lawler served as lead author.
“We are going to need to protect different places if we want to protect biodiversity in the future,” said Lawler. “We need to think about where species will go as the climate changes, and then plan for that. The business-as-usual planning process isn’t going to work.”
The study looks at whether “accounting for climate change in conservation planning can protect future biodiversity more effectively than current approaches, and what the costs of implementing these solutions might be,” according to a UW News story about the study. Lawler and “the authors found that many species of animals and plants likely will need to migrate under climate change, and that conservation efforts will also need to shift to be effective. The paper published Jan. 27 in the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B.”