An ISZS/IUBS Internation research program
Global change is now one of the most discussed topics in the world. Understanding the impact of global change is extremely important for the sustainable development of human society.
Therefore, in 2008, the International Society of Zoological Sciences (ISZS) initiated an international research program, Biological Consequences of Global Change (BCGC). It was first supported by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). In 2009, BCGC was adopted by the International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS) as a new international research program. In 2012, the program was evaluated highly at IUBS and was considered as the core of IUBS scientific programs. Currently, there are over 20 scientists from Australia, Chile, China, France, India, Norway, Russia, Israel, Germany, South Africa and the United States involved.
The focus of the BCGC program is to organize a diverse group of international experts, with expertise in many scientific disciplines, and develop an understanding of the consequences of global change and human activity on evolutionary mechanisms, biological structures, endangered species and biological disasters.
The BCGC program provides a platform for scientists around the world to collaborate on topics, such as the impact of global change on biodiversity, ecological infectious diseases, agricultural pests, invasive species and many other topics of interest. The program is expanding its research networks to include more scientists and scientific disciplines from various places around the globe.
Promote understanding of BCGC and improve management of the earth
Promote international collaboration
Promote influence and leadership of IUBS and ISZS through the BCGC program
Questions to address
Impact of global change on of biological disasters like disease and pest outbreaks
Impact of global change and its relation to alien species invasion
Impact of global change on abundance and range shifts of endangered species
Impact of global change on community structure and biodiversity of various ecosystems
Nonlinearity and interactions of global change in affecting biological populations
Action plan for 2013–2015
Program network expansion
· Attract more scientists and partners
· Promote program influence and increase research capabilities
Website and database construction
· Build an open access database
· Promote data sharing among scientists
International symposia or workshops
· Organize 2 international symposia or workshops
· Discuss range shifts of species under global warming
· Examine biodiversity change due to human disturbance
· Publish 2 special issues of BCGC in Integrative Zoology
International training courses
· Organize 2 international training classes under the theme of BCGC
To find out more information about how to get your research team involved
· Visit www.globalzoology.org
· Or email email@example.com
The ISZS facilitates working groups comprised of researchers and others from across the world.
Any member of the ISZS can propose the establishment of a new working group or become a member of an existing group. For each approved group, the ISZS will provide administrative and some financial supports pending to ISZS's financial status. Proposals for new groups always welcome!
2 years which is possible for an extension for another 2-year term pending on their performance assessment by ISZS Executive Committee Members (EC).
Existing working groups
Rodent Biology and Management
Lyn A Hinds
Wildlife Borne Diseases
Kenneth L. Gage
Per G. P. Ericson
David M. Scantlebury
William H. Karasov
Hari C. Sharma
Eric I. Ameca y Juárez
Muhammad Naeem Awan
Kevin Chase Burns
Michael A Steele
Paolo A. Marsan
Michael W. Bruford
Hugh T. Blair
Yan XIE *
Anthony D. Barnosky
Procedure for establishing a new group
If you are not an existing member, please prepare a proposal for your new group, including the rationale and its objectives. The proposal is also encouraged to include the activities and a working plan.
Each working group should consist of 10-15 scientists with a reasonable diversity, i.e. less than 50% from just one country and young scientists (with PhD degree, and < 45 yrs old) ideally about 50%. Each group should have one or two coordinators.
Submit your proposal to Mr Chunxu Han, Secretary General, ISZS, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The ISZS EC will review your proposal. Once it is approved, your proposal will be listed on the ISZS website.
Procedures for joining an existing working group
If you want to join an existing working group, please contact the coordinators of the working group and cc the message to Mr Chunxu Han, Secretary General, ISZS, at email@example.com. If you are accepted by the working group coordinators, your inforamtion will be added to the member list of that group.