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Thermal phenotypes and behavioural syndromes as predictors of resilience to climate change in European freshwater fish

Project description

A closer look at the changing behaviour of river fish

Fish, like many other species, are moving to higher latitudes to track their ‘climate niche’ due to global warming. However, fish in closed environments such as rivers have limited ability to track their climate niche since their limited movement between river catchments conditions their ‘behavioural thermoregulation’. However, little is known about how freshwater fish are changing their behaviour in rivers and how this makes fish populations resistant to the harmful effects of rising temperatures. The EU-funded THERMOS project will assess to what extent the behavioural thermoregulation of river fish is controlled by specific phenotypes within a pace-of-life syndrome that makes vulnerable populations resilient to climate change. The project will apply innovative methods to develop advanced predictive models to measure the resilience of vulnerable populations to global warming.


Net EU contribution
€ 212 933,76
Fern Barrow Bournemouth University
BH12 5BB Poole
United Kingdom

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South West (England) Dorset and Somerset Bournemouth
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
€ 0,00