Range shifts in response to climate change

Climate change has been predicted to lead to species extinctions and to latitudinal ranges of species shifting pole-ward. In this project we examine how and why climate change affects fish biodiversity.

Coastal marine ecosystems are globally among the most socio-economically and ecologically important habitats. Climate change has a strong effect on the distribution and abundance fishes through changes in growth, survival and reproduction. Changes in fish species richness may change the nature and value of commercial fisheries. In this project we examine large scale and long term climate-related changes in fish species richness in the North Sea, using data from the ICES International Bottom Trawl Survey (IBTS) programme.

Associated publications

Hiddink, J. G. and Coleby, C. (2012)
Effect of climate change on marine fish biodiversity in an area of low connectivity, the Baltic Sea. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 21, 637-646.

Hiddink, J. G., Lasram, F. B. R., Cantrill, J. and Davies, A. J. (2012).
Keeping pace with climate change: what can we learn from the spread of Lessepsian migrants? Global Change Biology, 18, 2161-2172. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2012.02698.x.
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Hiddink, J.G. and ter Hofstede, R. (2008)
Climate induced increases in species richness of marine fishes. Global Change Biology 14: 453-460 doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2486.2007.01518.x

ter Hofstede, R., Hiddink, J. G. and Rijnsdorp, A. (2010)
Regional warming changes the species richness of marine fish in the eastern North Atlantic Ocean. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser, 414, 1-9. Featured Article.