Speaker: Miguel Araújo - Museu Nacional de Ciências Naturais de Madrid (Centro CSIC), Universidades de Évora e Copenhaga
Abstract: Simple questions often require complex answers. Although consensus exists that species distributions are determined by a combination of biotic interactions (B), physiological tolerances to abiotic factors (A), and movement (M), debate still exists regarding the importance of each of these factors. Understanding of relative contributions of B, A, and M are critical for the development of theoretical ecology and biogeography but also for predicting climate change effects on biodiversity. In this talk I will summarise current understanding of the determinants of species distributions with particular emphasis for the development of predictive models, and will propose a research agenda involving greater interdisciplinary connections between otherwise disconnected disciplines in life sciences.