Molecular insights in the adaptation strategies of two marine planktonic copepods coping with climate change

01 November 2021 → 31 October 2025
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Invertebrate biology
    • Lipids
    • Chemical and physical ecology
    • Marine ecology
    • Biology of adaptation
climate change fatty acid metabolism copepods marine food web
Project description

Increasing temperatures affect the distribution range of planktonic copepods, playing a key role in the energy transfer at the basis of the marine food web. This PhD research will analyze the molecular mechanisms driving the adaptation strategies of the sympatric species C. finmarchicus and C. helgolandicus by means of fatty acid profiling and expression of fatty acids biosynthesis key genes.