Can evolution rescue marine populations from environmental change?

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

This project aims to test whether rapid evolutionary responses can buffer marine species against the environmental changes impacting Australia's coastal ecosystems now and in coming years. Using an innovative experimental evolution framework to test the newly-advanced theory of evolutionary rescue, its goal is to understand whether populations can adapt to new environments fast enough to outpace extinction, and how phenotypic plasticity, fluctuating natural selection and biotic interactions influence extinction risk. The intended outcome is to deliver key insights into the intrinsic capacity of our marine biota to withstand the current and nearfuture challenges that they face, and to inform predictions about population persistence.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date4/01/163/01/20

Funding

  • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD582,352.00
  • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD62,000.00
  • Monash University