"Climate change adaptation: what have we learned from 25 years of genetic and genomic analysis and how do we apply it?"

Monday, 30 November, 2015 - 16:30 to 18:30

“We need to get away from protecting nature, to allowing nature to adapt, and that’s obviously a critical point in thinking about the whole area of climate change.” - Professor Ary Hoffmann, 2015.

While the debate around the impact of anthropogenic activities on climate change is now settled, worldwide action on climate change mitigation appears inadequate to prevent warming on average by at least 2 C. Already there is evidence for more than 80% of natural biological processes being affected by <1 C of average warming, ranging from genetic and physiological changes within populations of organisms to wholescale shifts in ecological communities. Because changes at the genetic and genomic level underpin the ability of organisms to adapt to ongoing climate change, there is increasing interest in understanding the nature of these changes and how they might be facilitated to maximise adaptive capacity.

Professor Hoffmann will review what we have learned about these changes: what they look like, what constrains them and speeds them up, and how this knowledge can be applied in helping to sustain natural processes.


Ary Hoffmann is a professor and ARC Australian Laureate Fellow working in the areas of pest control and environmental stress adaptation. His group undertakes research on a range of invertebrates. They have developed integrated pest control options for the grains and grape/wine industries, investigated how landscape changes can be harnessed to provide pest control services, contributed to novel approaches for suppressing dengue mosquito vectors, and examined new ways to predict species distribution shifts under climate change. Professor Hoffmann is a member of the Australian Academy of  Science, past President of the Australian Entomological Society, past President of the Australasian Genetics Society, and visiting Professor at both the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences and the University of Liverpool. His team combines staff and students from The School of BioSciences and is based at the Bio21 Institute at the University of Melbourne.

What: Bio21 Ten Years Big Picture Seminar - "Climate change adaptation: what have we learnt from 25 years of genetic and genomic analysis and how do we apply it?"

Speaker: Professor Ary Hoffmann, ARC Australian Laureate Fellow and Group Leader at the Bio21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology Institute   

When: 30 November 2015, from 4:30-5:30pm, followed by drinks and refreshments in the atrium from 5:30-6:30pm

Where: Bio21 Institute auditorium, followed by networking in the atrium

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