All eyes on island ecosystems
Human-induced climate change causes global warming and biodiversity loss, sounding the alarm for many species and ecosystems. Islands, which make up around 30 % of the world’s biodiversity hotspots, are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. The vast majority (80 %) of reported extinctions involve island species. However, little is known about the species and the myriad of interactions among them. The EU-funded IslandLife project will fill this knowledge gap. Focusing on relatively undisturbed islands versus ones of similar size that have been affected by anthropogenic activities, it will shed light on the unique biodiversity of island ecosystems and assess their fragility to global change. This findings will deepen our understanding of biodiversity and ecosystem interactions, and improve conservation efforts.
Fields of science
- HORIZON.1.1 - European Research Council (ERC) Main Programme