Analysing recent changes in biodiversity through both species and community lenses
Human activity has had such an important impact on the climate and the environment in recent years that scientists have begun using the term 'Anthropocene' to define a sub-epoch within the current officially recognised epoch, Holocene, to reflect the significance. Biodiversity and its decline during the Anthropocene is an important field of research. We know very little about the characteristics (traits) and environmental drivers associated with incoming and outgoing species from various biomes and taxonomic groups. The EU-funded TraChange project is developing models of both species-level and community-level changes to get a better handle on what is happening to whom and why. The models will have a significant effect on our ability to mitigate the impact of human activity on biodiversity for a healthier planet.