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Drivers of Pontocaspian biodiversity RIse and DEmise

Objective

Since the 1930s, the unique endemic aquatic biota of the Caspian-Black Sea region is facing a biodiversity crisis as it is severely affected by anthropogenic activities such as habitat destruction, invasive species and pollution. Understanding long-term natural biotic and abiotic drivers of lake system change and biotic response to perturbations in the past 2 Ma – i.e. gradual, rapid and/or threshold responses – is absolutely necessary to assess the current response of Pontocaspian biota to rising natural- and human-induced perturbations. The Pontocaspian example mirrors the complex global ecological and biodiversity challenge due to Global Change. This challenge can only be addressed through an integrated cross-disciplinary research involving climate, earth- and bio-sciences. PRIDE (Pontocaspian biodiversity RIse and DEmise) is a fully integrated academia-industry training network of scientists with complementary cutting-edge competences. PRIDE focuses on the evolution of Pontocaspian biota over the past 2 million years. The extraordinary endemic biodiversity, coupled with a high-amplitude record of palaeoenvironmental change, makes it an ideal system to study drivers of past and current biodiversity crises. By linking Pontocaspian palaeoenvironmental and biodiversity changes we will reconstruct biological resilience to environmental change and apply this knowledge to the current Pontocaspian biodiversity crisis to model future diversity shifts under different Global Change scenarios. PRIDE will provide outstanding interdisciplinary technical training, new skills acquisition and career development for 15 early stage researchers. An innovative outreach plan will deliver our results to stakeholders and the public. PRIDE results from existing, successful collaborative relationships and will expand to include 17 first-class private and academic geological and biological institutions allowing Europe to remain world-leading in integrated studies of biodiversity change.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/environmental sciences/pollution
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/ecology/invasive species

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2014
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-ITN-ETN - European Training Networks
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Coordinator

STICHTING NATURALIS BIODIVERSITY CENTER
Address
Darwinweg 2
2333CR Leiden
Netherlands
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 510 748,56

Participants (9)

JUSTUS-LIEBIG-UNIVERSITAET GIESSEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 747 649,44
Address
Ludwigstrasse 23
35390 Giessen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
MUZEUL NATIONAL DE ISTORIE NATURALA GRIGORE ANTIPA
Romania
EU contribution
€ 215 068,68
Address
Sos Pavel Dimitrievici Kiseleff 1
11341 Bucuresti
Activity type
Other
UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 695 185,54
Address
Heidelberglaan 8
3584 CS Utrecht
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
GIMARIS
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 255 374,28
Address
Karolusgulden 24
2353 TA Leiderdorp
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 182 191,92
Address
Kingston Lane
UB8 3PH Uxbridge
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 440 297,14
Address
Beacon House Queens Road
BS8 1QU Bristol
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE UNIVERSITY OF READING
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 273 287,88
Address
Whiteknights Campus Whiteknights House
RG6 6AH Reading
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITATEA DIN BUCURESTI
Romania
EU contribution
€ 215 068,68
Address
Soseaua Panduri 90
050663 Bucuresti
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAET BREMEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 249 216,48
Address
Bibliothekstrasse 1
28359 Bremen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

Partners (7)

CASP
United Kingdom
Address
181A Huntingdon Road
CB3 0DH Cambridge
Activity type
Other
SENCKENBERG GESELLSCHAFT FUR NATURFORSCHUNG
Germany
Address
Senckenberganlage 25
60325 Frankfurt
Activity type
Other
Pamukkale Universitesi
Turkey
Address
Pamukkale Universitesi Kinikli
20070 Denizli
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
I.I. SCHMALHAUSEN INSTITUTE OF ZOOLOGY OF NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF UKRAINE - IZNASU
Ukraine
Address
Vul. B. Khmelnytskogo 15
01601 Kyiv
Activity type
Research Organisations
M.V. LOMONOSOV MOSCOW STATE UNIVERSITY
Russia
Address
Leninskie Gory
119992 Moscow
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Russia
Address
Leninsky Prospekt 14
119991 Moscow
Activity type
Research Organisations
Geology Institute of Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences
Azerbaijan
Address
Huseyn Javid Avenue 29A
AZ1143 Baku
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)