Climate Refugia: Joint Inference from Fossils, Genetics and Models

01.08 - 03.08.2012
Eugene, USA
Contact person:
Daniel Gavin, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Workshop report: 
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How species persisted through the large climatic changes of the Pleistocene has been a long-standing focus of paleoecological research. However, because paleoecological archives are patchy, and potential refugia are small, holes remain in our understanding of the importance of northern refugia. Recently, phylogeography and distribution modeling have offered new insights unavailable from paleorecords, but the genetic and modeling approaches have not interfaced with the paleoecological community, and such studies are often made with little explicit reference to the paleorecord.

This workshop will bring together researchers who work on historical reconstruction of populations from different disciplines and to assess the prospect for ‘best evidence syntheses’ to leverage the results from any one approach. The foci will include:

1) climate relicts and patterns of endemism

2) paleoecology studies

3) phylogeography studies that support presence of refugia

4) mountain climatology and species distribution modeling including topographic influences on microclimates under present and past climates.

The Pacific Northwest is an excellent setting for this topic because textbook examples of northern refugia exist from the Olympic Mountains, northern Idaho, and Beringia.

Please contact the organizer if you would like to attend.


Post-meeting publications

Major review paper

Gavin, DG, Fitzpatrick MC, Gugger PF, Heath KD, Rodríguez-Sánchez F, Dobrowski SZ, Hampe A, Hu F-S, Ashcroft MB, Bartlein PJ, Blois JL, Carstens BC, Davis EB, De Lafontaine G, Edwards ME, Fernandez MC, Henne PD, Herring EM, Holden ZA, Kong WS, Liu J, Magri D, Matzke NJ, McGlone MS, Saltré F, Stigall AL, Tsai Y-HE & Williams JW. (2014) Climate refugia: Joint inference from fossil records, species distribution models, and phylogeography. New Phytologist (Tansley Review), early view - online version. (link)


Hampe, A, Rodríguez-Sánchez F, Dobrowski S, Hu F-S & Gavin DG (2012) Climate refugia: from the Last Glacial Maximum to the twenty-first century. New Phytologist 197:16-18. doi:10.1111/nph.12059 (link)

Gavin, DG et al. (2012) PAGES News 20(2): 105. (link)