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Adaptation Biology & Ecological Processes (ABEP)

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  • Adaptative trade-offs
  • Wildlife management and conservation
  • Animal ecology and migration
  • Biogeochemical markers

Overview:

ABEP RG focuses on identifying biodiversity patterns in time and space and studying short and long-term species’ adaptation strategies to cope with global changes. This includes investigating the mechanisms regulating and determining fitness and survival, with emphasis on species with economical, ecological or public health relevance. By providing scientific support to a Sustainable Blue Economy and fostering Ocean Literacy, MER Thematic Line aims to contribute to a Blue Society, where solutions are inspired by the ocean; and improve ocean and coastal decision-making, supported by solid scientific knowledge.
The RG objectives are obtained through the analysis of i) the interactions between species and their environment under different environmental scenarios and across different spatial and temporal scales, namely by uncovering the impact of human and natural stressors on species distribution; ii) behavioural and ecological constraints on life-history traits of wild populations mainly focusing on both the identification of the ecological determinants of spatial distributions and factors affecting demographic population trends particularly on species of conservation concern, and iii) through wildlife conservation and management, ranging from monitoring wildlife to management in ecologically relevant areas in several countries. 

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