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Climate change impacts on Australia's eucalypt and coral species: comparing and sharing knowledge across disciplines
Booth, T.H.; Muir, P.R. (2020). Climate change impacts on Australia's eucalypt and coral species: comparing and sharing knowledge across disciplines. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change 11(5): e657. https://dx.doi.org/10.1002/wcc.657
In: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change. Wiley: Hoboken. ISSN 1757-7780; e-ISSN 1757-7799, more
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Keywords
    Marine/Coastal; Terrestrial

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  • Booth, T.H.
  • Muir, P.R.

Abstract
    Two of Australia's most iconic ecosystems have recently sustained heavy damage related to climatic changes: the extensive eucalypt forests from catastrophic bushfires and the Great Barrier Reef from mass coral bleaching. Despite obvious differences, eucalypt trees and reef corals share some similarities in biology and ecology, particularly in relation to climate change impacts and adaptation. Both groups are the focus of an increasing research effort to characterize and respond to climate changes and here we examine how sharing research experiences can benefit both fields. Four key areas of research are considered: (a) modeling current distributions, (b) assessing impacts of climate change on future distributions, (c) using human-assisted migration to improve survival, and (d) applying genetic enhancement to improve the species’ survival. Examples of each research area are used to examine potential crossovers, limitations of the methods, and future requirements. We conclude that eucalypt and coral researchers, and indeed researchers for many other endangered taxa, can gain much by comparing experiences and methods, despite the apparent differences in their respective taxa.

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