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Evolving communication systems in response to altered sensory environments

Project description

How species adapt their signals to the sensory environment

Animals interact and communicate using signals. This can include visual, auditory or sound-based as well as chemical signals. In line with evolutionary ecology theory, the signals adapt to the environment. There are many questions worth exploring. For instance, how do signals adapt and how does this impact the selection pressures operating on animal behaviour? To answer these questions, the EU-funded CITISENSE project will investigate how the neotropical frog adapts to noise and light pollution. Specifically, it will explore how the male frogs adjust their signals to altered sensory environments. Researchers will investigate how signals evolve in response to direct and indirect selection pressures. They will also assess the inter- and intra-sexual responses to signal divergence between urban and forest populations.

Call for proposal

ERC-2018-STG
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Host institution

STICHTING VU
Address
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 500 000

Beneficiaries (1)

STICHTING VU
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 1 500 000
Address
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments