Coastal ecosystems are important for recreation, land protection and fisheries, but are under various threats from human impacts. This calls for proper management and genetic biodiversity is a central issue. In EUMAR demographic and population genetic data on marine benthic species will be used to assess effects of human activities on genetic biodiversity and to model various threat scenarios. The overall aim is to develop guidelines for management of coastal zone biodiversity, and appraise the importance of diversity at the genetic level. Anthropogenic impacts such as artificial habitats, habitat fragmentation and artificial selection will be assessed. The importance of marginal populations and ecotype separation will be addressed. Genetic and demographic modelling will be combined and used with data from focal species with varying life histories to estimate short- and long-term effects of different threats to genetic biodiversity.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
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