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Using paleo-archives to safeguard biodiversity under climate change

Fordham, D.A.; Jackson, S.T.; Brown, S.C.; Huntley, B.; Brook, B.W.; Dahl-Jensen, D.; Thomas, M.; Gilbert, P.; Otto-Bliesner, B.L.; Svensson, A.; Theodoridis, S.; Wilmshurst, J.M.; Buettel, J.C.; Canteri, E.; McDowell, M.; Orlando, L.; Pilowsky, J.; Rahbek, C.; Nogues-Bravo, D.

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D.A. Fordham

S.T. Jackson

S.C. Brown

B. Huntley

B.W. Brook

D. Dahl-Jensen

M. Thomas

P. Gilbert

B.L. Otto-Bliesner

A. Svensson

S. Theodoridis

J.M. Wilmshurst

J.C. Buettel

E. Canteri

M. McDowell

L. Orlando

J. Pilowsky

C. Rahbek

D. Nogues-Bravo


The late Quaternary paleorecord, within the past ∼130,000 years, can help to inform present-day management of the Earth's ecosystems and biota under climate change. Fordham et al. review when and where rapid climate transitions can be found in the paleoclimate record. They show how such events in Earth's history can shape our understanding of the consequences of future global warming, including rates of biodiversity loss, changes in ecosystem structure and function, and degradation in the goods and services that these ecosystems provide to humanity. They also highlight how recent developments at the intersection of paleoecology, paleoclimatology, and macroecology can provide opportunities to anticipate and manage the responses of species and ecosystems to changing climates in the Anthropocene.


Fordham, D., Jackson, S., Brown, S., Huntley, B., Brook, B., Dahl-Jensen, D., …Nogues-Bravo, D. (2020). Using paleo-archives to safeguard biodiversity under climate change. Science, 369(6507), Article eabc5654.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 30, 2020
Online Publication Date Aug 28, 2020
Publication Date Aug 28, 2020
Deposit Date Jul 21, 2020
Publicly Available Date Aug 28, 2020
Journal Science
Print ISSN 0036-8075
Publisher American Association for the Advancement of Science
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 369
Issue 6507
Article Number eabc5654


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Copyright Statement
This is the author’s version of the work. It is posted here by permission of the AAAS for personal use, not for redistribution. The definitive version was published in Science on Fordham, D.A., Jackson, S.T., Brown, S.C., Huntley, B., Brook, B.W., Dahl-Jensen, D., Thomas, M., Gilbert, P., Otto-Bliesner, B.L., Svensson, A., Theodoridis, S., Wilmshurst, J.M., Buettel, J.C., Canteri, E., McDowell, M., Orlando, L., Pilowsky, J., Rahbek, C. & Nogues-Bravo, D. (2020). Using paleo-archives to safeguard biodiversity under climate change. Science 369(6507): eabc5654, DOI: 10.1126/science.abc5654.

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