8 January, 2008

The latest discoveries in Antarctica’s evolutionary biology ranging from single genes to entire ecosystems are described eloquently in a new volume entitled Antarctic ecology: from genes to ecosystems published by the Royal Society.

A continent uniquely isolated for the last 180 million years where organisms have been forced to adapt to life at low temperatures is a perfect natural laboratory for investigating evolution in natural populations. The authors reveal how Antarctic organisms living in this extreme environment – currently at the front line of rapid climate change – provide early insights into the effects of climate change to help interpret and predict the impacts of global warming on more complex ecosystems world-wide.

This two-part issue is organised and edited by Alex Rogers, Eugene Murphy, Andrew Clarke and Nadine Johnston.

More information about this issue is available from the Royal Society website.

This issue is available at a specially discounted price which is only available by contacting Debbie Vaughan at the Royal Society direct (email debbie.vaughan@royalsoc.ac.uk) or by contacting Portland Customer Services (quoting reference TB 1477 (part 1) or TB 1488 (part 2).