Frayed at the edges? Integrating evolutionary genetics into the study of species distributional limits

Project: Research

Project Description

Despite the pervasiveness of the world's biodiversity, no single species has a truly global distribution. Most species have very restricted distributions. What limits species expanding beyond their current geographic range? This is classically treated as an ecological problem, but new research indicates that an evolutionary genetics focus is long overdue. It shows that species with restricted distributions/populations at species borders may lack genetic variation in ecologically important traits, limiting their ability to adapt to conditions beyond their current range. We will conduct the first integrated empirical test of the evolutionary genetics of species borders and develop evolutionary models of species responses to climate change.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date3/01/1121/11/16

Funding

  • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD75,462.00
  • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD245,538.00
  • Monash University
  • Macquarie University
  • Australian Research Council (ARC)