Dispersal and species' responses to climate change

Justin M. J. Travis*, Maria Delgado, Greta Bocedi, Michel Baguette, Kamil Barton, Dries Bonte, Isabelle Boulangeat, Jenny A. Hodgson, Alexander Kubisch, Vincenzo Penteriani, Marjo Saastamoinen, Virginie M. Stevens, James M. Bullock

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalLiterature reviewpeer-review

281 Citations (Scopus)


Dispersal is fundamental in determining biodiversity responses to rapid climate change, but recently acquired ecological and evolutionary knowledge is seldom accounted for in either predictive methods or conservation planning. We emphasise the accumulating evidence for direct and indirect impacts of climate change on dispersal. Additionally, evolutionary theory predicts increases in dispersal at expanding range margins, and this has been observed in a number of species. This multitude of ecological and evolutionary processes is likely to lead to complex responses of dispersal to climate change. As a result, improvement of models of species' range changes will require greater realism in the representation of dispersal. Placing dispersal at the heart of our thinking will facilitate development of conservation strategies that are resilient to climate change, including landscape management and assisted colonisation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1532-1540
Number of pages9
Issue number11
Early online date30 Jul 2013
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2013


  • range expansion
  • life-histories
  • gene flow
  • structured populations
  • assisted colonization
  • dependent dispersal
  • modeling dispersal
  • change impacts
  • evolution
  • conservation


Dive into the research topics of 'Dispersal and species' responses to climate change'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this