Delayed biodiversity change: no time to waste

Delayed biodiversity responses to environmental forcing mean that rates of contemporary biodiversity changes are underestimated, yet these delays are rarely addressed in conservation policies. Here, we identify mechanisms that lead to such time lags, discuss shifting human perceptions, and propose how these phenomena should be addressed in biodiversity management and science.
extinction debt, global change, management, relaxation time, shifting baselines, time lags
Essl, F.; Dullinger, S.; Rabitsch, W.; Hulme, P.E.; Pysek, P.; Wilson, J.R.U. Richardson, D.M. (2015) Delayed biodiversity change: no time to waste. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 30(7): 375-378