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Understanding the role of intrinsic and extrinsic drivers of loss in species niches, to inform conservation planning under climate change

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Project "PROTECTNICHE" data sheet

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Organization address
address: Piazzale Aldo Moro 5
city: ROMA
postcode: 185

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 Coordinator Country Italy [IT]
 Total cost 180˙277 €
 EC max contribution 180˙277 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2017
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-RI
 Starting year 2019
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2019-02-01   to  2021-01-31


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 Project objective

The extinction of species is the most alarming consequence of global biodiversity decline, with potential dramatic effects on our economy and well-being. The current rate of climate change is predicted to further increase extinction risk, hence there is urgent need to anticipate species decline rather than reacting to it. The breadth of a species’ niche - the set of environmental conditions in which the species can persist - is the key ecological trait that allows adaptation to environmental change, but is largely ignored in conservation planning applications. The goal of the PROTECTNICHE project is to disentangle the impacts of humans, climate change, and life history on the climatic niches of terrestrial mammals to inform a conservation strategy for preventing future species declines. This goal incorporates 3 objectives: i) Attribute the global change in past species climatic niches to intrinsic and extrinsic drivers; ii) Based on the models developed in Obj. 1, define a measure of adaptability to climate change for each species; iii) Based on the outcome of Obj. 2, develop a global conservation strategy to maximise the protection of species climatic niches while minimising their exposure to climate change. The project focuses on the world's terrestrial mammals, a data-rich group currently facing significant extinction rates, to develop and theoretically ground a conservation planning approach that can be also transfered to other taxa. Building on my expertise on extinction risk analysis and conservation planning, and the habitat and climatic modelling capabilities of Dr Rondinini and the Global Mammal Assessment lab, this project will define a proactive conservation plan where actions are prioritised to preserve species adaptive potential under global change. This is a research area of primary interest in Europe, given the EC has recognised that business opportunities from investing in biodiversity conservation could be worth US$ 2-6 trillion by 2050.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Bonnie Mappin, Alienor L.M. Chauvenet, Vanessa M. Adams, Moreno Di Marco, Hawthorne L. Beyer, Oscar Venter, Benjamin S. Halpern, Hugh P. Possingham, James E.M. Watson
Restoration priorities to achieve the global protected area target
published pages: e12646, ISSN: 1755-263X, DOI: 10.1111/conl.12646
Conservation Letters 2020-03-23
2019 Moreno Di Marco, Simon Ferrier, Tom D. Harwood, Andrew J. Hoskins, James E. M. Watson
Wilderness areas halve the extinction risk of terrestrial biodiversity
published pages: 582-585, ISSN: 0028-0836, DOI: 10.1038/s41586-019-1567-7
Nature 573/7775 2020-03-23
2019 Michela Pacifici, Andrea Cristiano, Andrew A. Burbidge, John C. Z. Woinarski, Moreno Di Marco, Carlo Rondinini
Geographic distribution ranges of terrestrial mammal species in the 1970s
published pages: , ISSN: 0012-9658, DOI: 10.1002/ecy.2747
Ecology 100/7 2020-03-23
2020 Christopher J. O’Bryan, James R. Allan, Matthew Holden, Christopher Sanderson, Oscar Venter, Moreno Di Marco, Eve McDonald-Madden, James E.M. Watson
Intense human pressure is widespread across terrestrial vertebrate ranges
published pages: e00882, ISSN: 2351-9894, DOI: 10.1016/j.gecco.2019.e00882
Global Ecology and Conservation 21 2020-03-23
2020 Moreno Di Marco, Michela Pacifici, Luigi Maiorano, Carlo Rondinini
Drivers of change in the realised climatic niche of terrestrial mammal species
published pages: 2020.03.12.98537, ISSN: , DOI: 10.1101/2020.03.12.985374
bioRxiv 2020-03-24
2019 Moreno Di Marco, Tom D. Harwood, Andrew J. Hoskins, Chris Ware, Samantha L. L. Hill, Simon Ferrier
Projecting impacts of global climate and land‐use scenarios on plant biodiversity using compositional‐turnover modelling
published pages: 2763-2778, ISSN: 1354-1013, DOI: 10.1111/gcb.14663
Global Change Biology 25/8 2020-03-23

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