Please note this program is provisional and will be updated as planning proceeds.
Please check back regularly for updates. 

Monday 22 July

Pre-Conference Workshops

0800 Workshop Registration
Half-Day | 0900 – 1230

IPBES Nature Futures Framework workshop

Convenors: Laura Pereira, Kristi Maciejewski and Juliano Palacios-Abrantes

Half-Day | 0930 – 1300

Developing a toolkit for global museums with SOTM participants: connect the public with your research to advance biodiversity conservation and climate resilience.

Convenors: Henry McGhie and Amanda Bamford.

1200 – 1300 Lunch
Half-Day | 1330 – 1700

Advancing Connectivity Conservation in Changing Climates: Tools for Ecological Network Design

Convenor: Center for Large Landscape Conservation & Connectivity Conservation Specialist Group, IUCN World Commission

Full-Day | 0900 – 1700

Practical skills for ecological forecasting across space, time and taxa.

Convenors: Stephanie Brodie, Curtis Champion, Gemma Carroll, Megan Cimino, Jason Hartog, Heather Welch

Full-Day | 0900 – 1700

On transboundary conservation options for migratory marine predators in the high seas.

Convenors: Mary-Anne Lea, Susan Gallon, Kylie Scales, Autumn-Lynn Harrison

1700 – 1830 Welcome Reception
The 2019 SOTM Welcome Reception will be held within the braai within the camp, close to the conference venue and all the accommodation.

Tuesday 23 July

Conference Day 1

0800 Registration
0900 Conference Opening
Welcome to Country

Formal Conference Opening

HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco

0935 Conference goals & code of conduct

Impacts of climate warming on ectotherms in the ocean and on land

Malin Pinsky


Land-use change interacts with climate to determine elevational species redistribution

Fengyi Guo


Freshwater species on the move: mechanisms and consequences

Wilco Verberk

1045 Morning Tea
1115 Science communication activity – Press conference with Stephen Oliver moderating

Human Migration and Environment: a key issue with few empirical evidences

Sabine Henry | Keynote – Theme 7


Standards for data and models in biodiversity assessments

Miguel Araújo | Keynote – Theme 1

1230 Tom Lovejoy | Keynote – Theme 11

Preventing a Shifting Future, the Exemplary Practices of the Ekuri community in Nigeria

Chief Edwin | Keynote – Theme 8

1300 Lunch
Concurrent Sessions
THEME 01. Detection, attribution & prediction of changes in species distributions 08. Indigenous knowledge and species on the move 11. The impacts of species on the move for global strategies and policies (SDGs, Biodiversity & Climate Change)

Biogeography, macroecology and future of plant invasions: a global perspective

Petr Pysek


The Traditional medicine knowledge and medicinal plant species move in response to Climate Change Adaptation in Tibetan village of Eastern Himalayas, China

Lun Yin


Are reindeer the new canaries? – How extractive industries facilitate multiple pressures on an Arctic pastoral ecosystem

Christian Fohringer

Marine ecological connectivity under the impact of climate change: can we climate-proof governance of ABNJ?

Warwick Sauer


Modelling microclimates to predict species responses to climate change

Alexandra Gardner


The power of the ancestral philosophy of Sumak kawsay (Good Living) in the indigenous movements of Colombia – Ecuador vs. exclusion by mega mining development, contributions to the Rights of Mother Nature from the global south.

Eduardo Erazo Acosta


Doing species together. Saliba indigenous people and researchers in a mixed and complex method

Santiago Martínez Medina

Treading the Wallacean shortfall for an endemic, iconic and threatened butterfly

Shuang Xing


Butterflies and climate change: Identifying vagrant records to characterize species’ mobility

William Fagan


Analysis and Management of Tibetan Antelope Migration Route Based on Habitat Suitability Index Model

Rencai Dong


Biodiversity in a shifting sea: challenges and solutions for working across the science-policy interface

Abigail Mcquatters-gollop


An integrative approach to modeling species distribution: combining correlative and mechanistic relationships to predict climate impacts on species

Daniel Crear

Argos system and satellites for migratory species conservation

Sophie Baudel


Climate-driven range shifts in the United States: evidence from a hypothesis-driven framework and systematic review

Sarah Weiskopf


Plankton as prevailing conditions: monitoring climate driven shifts in plankton communities as surveillance indicators for ecosystem based management

Jacob Bedford

1530 Afternoon Tea
Concurrent Sessions
THEME 01. Detection, attribution & prediction of changes in species distributions 07. Cultural, social and economic dimensions of changes in species distributions 05. Conservation paradigms & management strategies for a shifting future

Ocean warming compresses the 3D habitat of marine biota

Gabriel Jorda


Accommodating culturally important landscape and species migration in US community relocation

Victoria Herrmann


Tropicalization in the Subtropics: Loss and opportunities in an urbanised tropical-temperate transition zone

Alexandra Campbell

Climate change adaptation efforts for species may be antagonistic to natural evolutionary responses

Alistair Hobday


Dispersal kernels for predicting animal movement patterns

Laura Merritt

Geographical variation in sensitivity towildflower harvesting inferred from range-wide demographic data for 26 proteaceae species

Martina Treurnicht

Ecological connectivity among British Columbia marine protected areas and the impacts of changing ocean temperatures

Sarah Friesen


How might species ranges at different ocean depths shift with warming? An evaluation of climate velocity and implications for marine protected areas

Isaac Brito Morales

Predicted changes in the Western Cape agricultural sector: How will farmers and Blue Cranes be affected?

Christie Anne Craig

Autonomous adaptation to climate-driven changes in species distribution in a global marine hotspot

Gretta Pecl


Determining pathways into Antarctica for marine biofouling organisms

Arlie McCarthy

Implementing a nesting analysis to describe the context of range shifts in Barents Sea fish species

Ellie Bors

Evaluating the risks and benefits of assisted migration in a stochastic metacommunity

Gregory Backus


Plant range shifts: Advances, opportunities, and what we still need to know

Emily V Moran

Adapting to change? Availability of fish stocks to fishing communities on the US west coast

Rebecca Selden


Is the future-proofing of biodiversity conservation an unattainable oxymoron?

Bruce Webber


Glideways: Restoring Habitat Connections for Australia’s Iconic Gliding Mammals

Gary Howling


Modeling the effects of extreme marine heatwaves to identify areas of potential refugia for a marine foundation species

Ana Giraldo Ospina

Vulnerabilities and opportunities in global seafood trade under climate change

Christopher Free

Connectivity Conservation for Resilience in Changing Climates

Kathleen Carroll


Climate-driven range contractions are more widespread among terrestrial than marine taxa

Jonathan Lenoir

Running out of space: management sites for threatened species in New South Wales (Australia) are unlikely to be resilient to climate change

Linda Beaumont, Polly Mitchell

1745 – 1930 Poster Reception & Drinks
Conference Centre Foyer
3-Hour Sunset Safari – Optional
Kruger National Park


Wednesday 24 July

Conference Day 2

0800 Registration
Plenary Session 2

A changing climate for coral reef management and conservation

Line Bay | Keynote – Theme 5


Penguin Diplomacy – Overcoming the Gaps and Overlaps Between Society, Conservation, Governance, and Science

Renuka Badhe | Keynote – Theme 6


Unraveling the evolutionary and ecological processes that define patterns of global biodiversity of vertebrates and plants

Cartsen Rahbek | Keynote – Theme 4


The contribution of plasticity and evolution to range shifts under climate change

Carla Sgro | Keynote – Theme 2


Impacts of climate change on the community compositions and diversity of the world’s terrestrial birds

Alke Voscamp | Keynote – Theme 3

1015 Tom Lovejoy | Keynote – Theme 14

A climate-smart blueprint for securing Australia’s biodiversity

April Reside | Keynote – Theme 13

1045 Morning Tea
Concurrent Sessions
THEME 01. Detection, attribution & prediction of changes in species distributions 06. Governance, legal and ethical issues for shifting species and changing ecosystems 05. Conservation paradigms & management strategies for a shifting future

Marine fish larvae and harvested species communities have similar climate-induced shifts in the Southwestern Atlantic Ocean

Micheli Duarte De Paula Costa

Wherever I may roam – adapting international wildlife law to the effects of climate change on wolverines, jackals, cheetahs and other carnivores

Arie Trouwborst

Using trait-based assessments to develop and implement on-the-ground climate adaptation projects for species

Nikhil Advani


Projected changes in the global distributions of coral reef species under ocean warming and acidification

Farrah Powell

Climate Change Impacts on Protected Area Boundaries: A Speculative Analysis Using African Wild Dogs as a Case Study

Andrew Blackmore

Prioritizing Areas of Wolverine Habitat Connectivity in the Western United States

Kathleen Carroll


Disentangling fishery and population changes during ocean warming and a marine heatwave in a biogeographical transition zone

David Fairclough

Keeping up with species on the move: designing more flexible conservation laws for a changing world

Philippa McCormack

Climate Change Impacts on Transboundary Fish Stocks in North America

Juliano Palacios Abrantes


Marine Ecological Climate Services: user-driven forecasts of life in the Ocean

Mark R. Payne

Message framing and public policy support for invasive species management in a changing world

Elizabeth Hiroyasu

Managing for movement: tackling the national challenges associated with the redistribution of biodiversity driven by climate change

Nathalie Pettorelli


Niche expansions in introduced species: how common are they and can we predict them?

Henry Hakkinen

Promoting adaptation to climate change in marine spatial planning

Catarina Frazão-Santos


Fish distributions reveal discrepancies between zonal attachment and quota allocations

Paul Fernandes





To move or to stay: optimal range modification strategy under climate change is taxon-specific for corals

Sun Kim


Fisheries Redistribution under Climate Change: Rethinking the Law to Address the “Governance Gap”

Mitchell Lennan

Entering unchartered waters: distributional shifts across international boundaries and subsequent hybridization of commercially harvested species produce an entirely new management dilemma

Warren Potts


An analysis of birds colonising the United Kingdom: how well does climatic suitability predict current distributions?

James Cranston


Accounting for shifting distributions in U.S. marine fisheries management: challenges and recommendation

Melissa Karp


Adaptation pathways for conservation law and policy

Jan McDonald

Spatially integrated, temporally adjusted, multi factorial control of a range extending sea urchin

John Keane


Improving the way U.S. fisheries management accounts for shifting distributions: detection and attribution

Jay Peterson



A management strategy evaluation of dynamic and static closures in a swordfish fishery: balancing economic and bycatch concerns

James Smith

1315 Lunch & Comms event – perfecting your science pitch
Concurrent Sessions
THEME 01. Detection, attribution & prediction of changes in species distributions 04. The paleo-ecological perspective: reconstructing species distributions over multiple millennia 05. Conservation paradigms & management strategies for a shifting future

Relationships between body condition and oceanographic habitat quality for a range-shifting pelagic fish from eastern Australia

Curtis Champion

Mechanisms of range collapse and extinction for the woolly mammoth

Damien Fordham


The success of terrestrial vertebrate conservation translocations worldwide: are we getting better at moving species?

Shane Morris


SEA Sentinels project – A collaborative, multi-disciplinary framework using seabirds and marine mammals as indicators in rapidly changing seas

Mary-Anne Lea


Physiology and competitive interactions influence modelled outcomes of climate change on a resident and a range-shifting species

Samantha Twiname

Mechanistic simulation models reveal pervasive range shifts and extinctions in Quaternary South America

Robert K.Colwell

An EEZ-wide dynamic management and monitoring approach for a pelagic tuna fishery

Megan Cimino

Monitoring marine megavertebrates as Essential Ocean Variables in the Global Ocean Observing System: Who, Why, How, and What Next for Implementation?

Daniel Costa

Reconstructing the spatio-temporal extinction dynamics of the thylacine

Barry Brook

Environmental indicators to reduce loggerhead turtle bycatch offshore of Southern California

Heather Welch


Trees on the move, or not

Josep M Serra Diaz

A phylogeographic process model to investigate paleo-climatic drivers of diversity

Dan Rosauer

Living fossils in highly urbanized areas: Interventions aiming to mitigate local extinction risk and species range shifts in Asian Horseshoe crabs

Juan Diego Gaitan-espitia


Resolving range dynamics of an invasive plant species in the Swiss Alps

Chelsea Chisholm

The Role of phylogenetic and functional Diversity in driving global Patterns in coral species Migrations

John Pandolfi


Cross-scale interactions and the migration of trees

Stephen Jackson

1600 Afternoon Tea
1600 – 1700 Talking circle – an opportunity to speak with Zulu fishers, hosted by Tero Mustonen
1700 ECR discussion panel and networking evening
3-Hour Sunset Safari (optional)
Kruger National Park


Thursday 25 July

Conference Day 3

0800 Registration
Plenary Session 3
0845 Communicating science – a plenary with filmmaker Stephen Oliver followed by a panel Q & A

Climate invader or refugee? Evaluating ecological impacts of species redistribution

Associate Professor Cascade Sorte (keynote for theme 12)


Climate Change Effects on the Geographic Distribution of Infectious Diseases in the Arctic

Tomas Thierfelder (keynote for theme 9)

1015 Interviews with Indigenous Elders, hosted by Tero Mustonen
1045 Morning Tea
Concurrent Sessions
THEME 01. Detection, attribution & prediction of changes in species distributions 04. The paleo-ecological perspective: reconstructing species distributions over multiple millennia 05. Conservation paradigms & management strategies for a shifting future

Challenges in quantifying, interpreting and predicting distributional shifts of marine species

Tara Marshall

Palaeo-ecological plant data reveal effects of climate-driven range shifts on community structure

Regan Early


Science in support of sustainable fisheries management: how are we accounting for shifting distributions?

Patrick Lynch



Spatially explicit, cross-continental predictions of climate change-related local extinction risk and richness decline in bumblebees

Peter Soroye

Effects of seasonal dynamics on a migratory species since the Last Glacial Maximum

Kasper Thorup

02. Understanding ecological and evolutionary mechanisms facilitating or hindering range shifts

Mapping the distribution of the people’s plants to better predict and adapt to climate change

Samuel Pironon

Lessons from the past: Reconstructing ecological baselines for the South African terrestrial megafauna using long-term biodiversity data

Sophie Monsarrat

Almost two decades of coral-reef fishes moving polweards in SE Australia: patterns, mechansims, and implications

David Booth


Pattern or Process: considering space, time, and the environment in species distribution models

Stephanie Brodie


Staying in Place: Site Fidelity as a Maladaptive Strategy in the Anthropocene

Briana Abrahms

14. Protected Areas Planning for Species on the Move: Lessons from the tropics and marine opportunities

Biased selection of predictor variables used in climate forecast species distribution models

Jeremy Ringma

Spatial Planning of area-based conservation for climate change: Terrestrial and Marine perspectives

Patrick Roehrdanz

Range edge dynamics of marine fishes in a global warming hotspot

Alexa Fredston-Hermann


Transforming understanding of when and where species move in response to environmental change

Jeremy Kerr

Modelling biodiversity responses to projected climate and biome changes in sub-Saharan Africa

Guy Midgley


Climate driven changes to dispersal pathways in a climate change hotspot

Paulina Cetina-Heredia


Salt of the earth: a critical impediment to herbivore range-shifts in response to climate change

Kara Youngentob

1245 Lunch
Concurrent Sessions
THEME 01. Detection, attribution & prediction of changes in species distributions 14. Protected Areas Planning for Species on the Move: Lessons from the tropics and marine opportunities 02. Understanding ecological and evolutionary mechanisms facilitating or hindering range shifts

Modelling the broad-front migrations of European-African migratory birds

Tom Mason

Neotropical results from SPARC:  Where in the world should we put conservation for climate change?

Pablo Marquet


The effect of habitat complexity on temperature preference in coral reef fish

Tiffany Nay


Genomic analyses and climate models reveal a rapid but long-lasting climate-driven geographic expansion of a tropical herbivorous reef fish

Laura Gajdzik


Is the geographic range of the desert tree, Aloidendron dichotomum, shifting in response to climate change?

Wendy Foden

Climate change increases the spatial mismatch between protected areas and butterfly diversity hotspots in Southeast Asia

Timothy Bonebrake

Winds of change: wind connectivity, gene flow, and climate adaptation in trees

Matthew Kling


Dispersal will determine the outcome of climate change on Amazon primate distribution

Lilian Sales

Assessment of Africa’s protected areas biodiversity representation as species move in response to climate change: translating research to real-world planning

Yolanda Chirango

Integrating genetic and demographic effects of dispersal on population response to a variable environment

Marissa Baskett


The distribution of a coastal resident fish species is constrained by how oxygen availability and temperature limit its metabolic potential

Murray Duncan


Marine perspectives in protected area planning for climate change

Lee Hannah


Including coral reef condition and environmental change into protected area design for future conservation outcomes

Madeline Davey

Towards a better understanding of species responses to climate change by integrating data and approaches across disciplines and scales

Christian Hof



Predicting the current and future potential distributions of Cedrus atlantica Manetti in North Africa using MaxEnt

Abdelkader Bouahmed


The multivariate exposure of Australia’s MPA network to climate change

David Schoeman

Characterising range expansion potential of tropical vagrant fishes

Will Figueira


Using multi-species habitat models for the design of oceanic fisheries closures

Guillermo Ortuno Crespo & Daniel Dunn

Migration in the cobia, and potential for adaptation to climate change

Kevin Weng





Using physiology and performance to predict climate driven distribution range shifts in three temperate African anurans species: a hybrid modelling approach

Mohlamatsane Mokhatla


Temperature utilization in a coral reef flat specialist, the epaulette shark, Hemiscyllium occelatum

Connor Gervais


Imprints of physiological and ecological constraints on the biogeography of an ectotherm

Raquel Garcia

1545 Afternoon Tea
1600 Conference Dinner
The dinner will be outside the camp but still with the park. The transport to dinner will include a two-hour Safari.


Friday 26 July

Conference Day 4

0800 Registration
Concurrent Sessions
THEME 03. Impacts of climate change on community structure and patterns of taxonomic, functional and phylogenetic diversity 13. Interactions between multiple stressors and range shifts 02. Understanding ecological and evolutionary mechanisms facilitating or hindering range shifts

Shifting daylength regimes associated with range shifts alter aphid-parasitoid community dynamics

Rachel Kehoe

Synthesizing the impacts of sediment disturbances on marine biodiversity

Rafael Almeida Magris

Do microbes play a role in facilitating the range expansion of tropical fish into temperate systems?

Adriana Verges


Temperature-performance relationships for algal production versus consumption by herbivorous fishes. Implications for warming coral reefs

Alexia Graba-landry


Hypoxia surpasses the impacts of ocean acidification and warming in marine biota

Rui Rosa



Investigating physiological mechanisms and ecological consequences of a climate-driven range extension of a marine predator (Chrysophrys auratus) into southeast Tasmania

Barrett Wolfe


Patterns and drivers of high-latitude reef communities along the tropical-to-temperate transition

Brigitte Sommer


Dog days are over? A mechanistic model for predicting the persistence of the African wild dog under climate change

Daniella Rabaiotti


How dragonflies and damselflies respond to global change; a cross-continental analysis

Catherine Sirois-Delisle

09. Implications of species on the move for human and animal health  

Cross-taxon biodiversity trends in central Europe

Eva Katharina Engelhardt

Understanding the global impacts of climate and land-use change on animal-borne diseases

David Redding

Temperature variation and compensatory density feedback drive life stage-specific establishment of tropical fish in temperate seas

Cristián Monaco


Predicting changes in multi-taxon reef functioning under climate change

Katie Cook

Exploring global patterns of zoonotic dark diversity

Sonia Tiedt

Tropical butterflies persist in variable environments through morphological and behavioral specialization

Wenda Cheng


Using spatially explicit, mechanistic vegetation models to study ecosystem stability, extreme events and invasion

Wilfried Thuiller


Discrepancies in data reporting of zoonotic infectious diseases across the Nordic countries – a call for action in the era of climate change

Birgitta Evengard


Varying effects of global warming on schistosomiasis and intermediate host snails species

Anna-Sofie Steensgaard

Phenological shifts reshape expectations for distributional shifts in a montane avifauna

Morgan Tingley


Rapid borealization of Arctic marine fish communities

André Frainer

Global warming propels exotic species impacts on marine ecosystems

Scott Bennett

1015 Morning Tea
Concurrent Sessions
THEME 03. Impacts of climate change on community structure and patterns of taxonomic, functional and phylogenetic diversity 12. Ecological impacts of species redistributions on recipient ecosystem function and resilience. 02. Understanding ecological and evolutionary mechanisms facilitating or hindering range shifts

Spatio-temporal scaling of functional diversity change

Marta Jarzyna


Shady dealings threaten a formidable predator: weeds tip the balance in a cryptic trophic cascade

Ruchira Somaweera


Climate-mediated threats to temperate reef resilience: quantifying the mechanisms that limit kelp forest recovery

Sahira Bell

Mesophication from oak to maple: a tree-ring perspective in the forests of eastern United States

Tsun Fung Au


Effects of climate change on a restored southern California salt marsh community

Christine Whitcraft


Shifts in the marine fish assemblage on tropicalised east Australian reefs

Shannen Smith


Rabbitfishes have come south-under: range-expansion and habitat associations of tropical herbivorous fish in temperate ecosystems of Western Australia

Salvador Zarco Perello


Mixed-species shoaling as a behavioural mechanism facilitating the redistribution of tropical fishes

Kai Paijmans


Presence of cleaning mutualisms affect reef fish distribution forecasts

Jose Ricardo Paula


Alternative climate drivers of local species richness, colonization, and extirpation in marine fishes

Zoë Kitchel

Impacts of warming on novel and native plant-herbivore interactions across the Mediterranean Sea

Julia Santana Garcon

Evolution of migratory behavior in birds – synthesis with a biogeographical perspective

Bela Arora


Implications of environmental change on the distribution of imperilled species

Christine Howard

Assessing risks of climate-driven range shifts through the lens of invasion biology

Toni Lyn Morelli


Surviving in steep terrain: A lab-to-field assessment of locomotor costs for wild mountain lions (Puma concolor)

Carolyn Dunford


Integrating physiology, behavior and life history to understand impacts of ocean warming on key marine species

Patricia Peinado


Vertical stratification influences global patterns of terrestrial biodiversity and their vulnerability to climate change

Brett Scheffers

The ecological consequences of mangrove expansion into salt marshes on the Texas (USA) coast

Anna Armitage


Decoding climate response: future of native snow trout and non-native brown trout in Himalayan rivers

Vineet Dubey


Factors restricting the spread of invasive plants at high latitudes

Peter Kotanen


Light-driven range expansions and the underwater greening of the poles

Graeme Clark

Measuring spatial predator-prey overlap to understand changing trophic interactions

Gemma Carroll

Contrasting Forms of Competition Constrain Elevational Distribution of Species

I-Ching Chen


Accelerated reef ecosystem collapse following population explosion of a pivotal range-extender

Scott Ling

The importance of understanding intraspecific behavioral variation in migratory fishes and its impact on the adaptability of these fishes to climate change

Alexander Winkler

1230 Lunch
1315 Closing Session and Award Ceremony

Species on the Move

An International Conference Series

The conference brings together scientists and natural resource managers working in the disciplines of global change, biogeography and evolution, and relevant in contexts of natural resource management, biodiversity management and conservation, and theoretical ecology.

Species responses to climate change is a rapidly evolving research field, however, much of our progress is being made in independent research areas: e.g. understanding the process vs responding to the implications, terrestrial vs marine ecosystems, global meta-analyses vs in depth species-specific approaches. This interdisciplinary conference develops connections between these parallel streams, and across temporal and spatial scales.

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