Location & dates Virtual 4 - 5 Nov 2020
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EMBL Courses and Conferences during the Coronavirus pandemic

With the onsite programme paused, many of our events are now being offered in virtual formats.

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Katja Tielbörger
University of Tübingen, Germany

The twin crises of climate change and biodiversity loss


Being the result of increasing human impact on our planet, climate change and the loss of species are two sides of the same coin. But are they also related to each other, i.e. does climate change affect biodiversity and vice-versa? I will briefly review existing evidence for the interrelationship between the twin crises and then focus on the relative importance of climate change for species extinction. By showing new results from plant communities in arid to temperate ecosystems, I will illustrate how we can study climate change effects on biodiversity experimentally, and how we could manage climate impacts on ecosystems. Climate change will affect natural and anthropogenic ecosystems, but probably much less so when they contain more species. Thus, wise land management could simultaneously benefit the conservation of species and the mitigation of climate change impacts. 


Katja Tielbörger is Professor of Plant Ecology at the University of Tübingen, Germany. She is broadly interested in biotic interactions involving plants. Her research focuses on the role of plant-plant, plant-animal, and plant-microbial interactions for evolutionary processes, for determining the response of organisms to environmental change, and for the maintenance of biodiversity. Recently, she has also started to work on ‘plant intelligence’ in response to biotic interactions. Her study systems include native and invasive plants in anthropogenic to near-natural habitats in temperate, Mediterranean, semi-arid, and arid regions. She has coordinated several large inter- and transdisciplinary research projects dealing with global change, and she has served on national committees related to biodiversity and earth system science.