Understanding responses to climate change: a mechanistic approach integrating functional genetics, physiology and biophysical models for the Common brown butterfly

  • Sunnucks, Paul (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Kearney, Michael R. (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Porter, Warren (Partner Investigator (PI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

Climate change and habitat fragmentation are together a major threat to the continued survival of a vast number of species. Correlative bioclimatic models are often used for predicting future suitable habitats, but currently do not take into account whether species are able to colonise new regions, nor the mechanisms by which they interact with and adapt to their environment. We will use a butterfly model species to investigate the relationship between genetic polymorphisms, physiological capacity for dispersal, and environmental constraints at the landscape scale. This will allow truly mechanistic and more accurate predictions of how novel climatic environments will affect species distributions.
Effective start/end date2/01/0730/06/09


  • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$240,000.00
  • University of Melbourne