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Drivers of Pontocaspian biodiversity RIse and DEmise

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.

Coordinator

STICHTING NATURALIS BIODIVERSITY CENTER

Address

Darwinweg 2
2333cr Leiden

Netherlands

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 510 748,56

Participants (9)

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JUSTUS-LIEBIG-UNIVERSITAET GIESSEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 747 649,44

MUZEUL NATIONAL DE ISTORIE NATURALA GRIGORE ANTIPA

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 215 068,68

UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 695 185,54

GIMARIS

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 255 374,28

BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 182 191,92

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 440 297,14

THE UNIVERSITY OF READING

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 273 287,88

UNIVERSITATEA DIN BUCURESTI

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 215 068,68

UNIVERSITAET BREMEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 249 216,48

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SENCKENBERG GESELLSCHAFT FUR NATURFORSCHUNG

Pamukkale Universitesi

I.I. SCHMALHAUSEN INSTITUTE OF ZOOLOGY OF NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF UKRAINE - IZNASU

M.V. LOMONOSOV MOSCOW STATE UNIVERSITY

RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Geology Institute of Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 642973

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 March 2015

  • End date

    28 February 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 784 088,60

  • EU contribution

    € 3 784 088,60

Coordinated by:

STICHTING NATURALIS BIODIVERSITY CENTER

Netherlands