Temperature mediated population dynamics in springtails

  • Hoskins, Jessica Lauren (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

Temperature is one of the most influential environmental factors limiting the distribution and abundance of organisms. However, our current understanding of the mechanisms underlying the demographic responses of organisms to thermal change is incomplete, particularly for soil organisms. These organisms are essential for soil health, which in turn is essential for the ecosystems that support wildlife. Therefore, this project will first investigate how the demography of a springtail assemblage is influenced by temperature through the specific responses of the parameters (survival, reproduction and growth) that regulate population growth and decline. Secondly, a trait-based model will be applied to the data to forecast the effects of temperature change on demography. The successful application of this model will enable greater understanding and improved forecasting of the responses of soil organisms to changes in climate.
Effective start/end date1/10/1630/09/17