Journal article

Biological invasions, climate change and genomics

Steven L Chown, Kathryn A Hodgins, Philippa C Griffin, John G Oakeshott, Margaret Byrne, Ary A Hoffmann



The rate of biological invasions is expected to increase as the effects of climate change on biological communities become widespread. Climate change enhances habitat disturbance which facilitates the establishment of invasive species, which in turn provides opportunities for hybridization and introgression. These effects influence local biodiversity that can be tracked through genetic and genomic approaches. Metabarcoding and metagenomic approaches provide a way of monitoring some types of communities under climate change for the appearance of invasives. Introgression and hybridization can be followed by the analysis of entire genomes so that rapidly changing areas of the genome are identif..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

Melodie McGeoch and two anonymous reviewers provided helpful comments on the manuscript. This work arose from a workshop sponsored by CSIRO's Cutting Edge Symposium series and is linked to research being undertaken under the Science Industry Endowment Fund. SLC is supported by Australian Research Council Grant DP140102815.