Thermal adaptation and its link with biotic interactions across a latitude gradient

01 January 2008 → 31 December 2013
Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Geology
    • Aquatic sciences, challenges and pollution
experimental evolution thermal adaptation biotic interactions global change population structure
Project description

The abilityof populations of aquatic model species (damselflies, zooplankton, unicellular algae) to persist locally under global warming is studied. Populations are sampled across a latitudianl gradient and their genetic structure determined, most notably for temperature-related traits. Next, temperature adaptation and its interaction with biotic interactions are experimentally studied, and the resistance of populations against invasions by southern genotypes determined.