Grasslands and Climate Change

How will grasslands respond to the rapid threat of climate change? A new book in the Ecological Reviews series, edited by scientists from Southern Illinois University and University of Guelph, brings together international experts to answer this question.

Published by the British Ecological Society and Cambridge University Press, Grasslands and Climate Change brings together experts from around the world to explore how grassland ecology and climate change interact in the Anthropocene era.

We challenged the authors to think about how ecologists should address the issue of climate change in grasslands, what changes are already occurring, and what we can do to deal with these changes. David Gibson

Grasslands are the most extensive terrestrial biome on Earth and are critically important for forage, biodiversity, and ecosystem services. This book reviews almost 30 years of knowledge on the effects of climate change on world grasslands, a process we are only just starting to understand.

Edited by David Gibson (Southern Illinois University) and Jonathan Newman (University of Guelph), the book identifies vital research and conservation needs to ensure grassland ecosystems remain environmentally sustainable under climate change, and highlights how ecologists can contribute to climate change mitigation.

The book’s global nature will appeal to a broad range of readers, from ecologists and conservation biologists to policymakers and practitioners. Written for a scientifically literate readership, it also acts as a key resource for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses.

Grasslands and Climate Change, edited by David J. Gibson and Jonathan A. Newman, is published on 21 March 2019. The book is part of the British Ecological Society’s Ecological Reviews series published with Cambridge University Press, which aims to be a source of ideas and inspiration for ecologists at all career levels. It is available for purchase here (£34.99 for paperback, ISBN 9781316646779). BES members get 25% off all titles in the Ecological Reviews series.

Read more about the book on the Journal of Ecology blog.