Using genomic, physiological, and landscape data to better inform predictions of biodiversity loss under climate change

Speaker: Dr Renee Catullo

Location: 11:30 am to 12:30 pm in Building 6, Level C, Room 12

Spatial models of biodiversity loss under climate change often assume that species must track their thermal niche across the landscape. However, many species’ ranges are limited by biological, not thermal interactions, and some species have the capacity to evolve in response to the selection pressure of climate change. This means that species have physiological, plastic, and evolutionary capacity to adapt to novel conditions, and these data can increase the accuracy of biodiversity loss prediction. Renee will talk about the information needed for improved models, new spatial modelling software, and how to estimate the parameters of adaptation from genomic and spatial data.

About Renee

Renee always wanted to be a biologist, but spent most of her 20s accidentally sucked into the finance game. After a few years at General Electric, Renee made a big change and did a PhD at the ANU with Prof. Scott Keogh on the monsoonal biogeography of Toadlets (Uperoleia). Renee completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at CSIRO on the incorporating adaptation into spatial models of biodiversity loss under climate change.  Following a short stint as an Associate Lecturer at Macquarie University, she recently started and ongoing position at Western Sydney University.