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Evolutionary Island Biogeography: Origins and Maintenance of Fish Biodiversity in Marine Lakes

Project description

Biodiversity maintenance in marine lakes

For over 150 years, insular environments have served as biodiversity hotspots. Traditionally, the study of the origin and maintenance of biodiversity in islands have relied on ecological aspects of biogeography such as immigration, colonisation and extinction, whereas microevolutionary processes such as adaptation have been neglected. The combination of microevolution and island biogeography theory is a crucial step. Funded by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions programme, the ADAPTIVEISLANDS project will study marine lakes – lakes situated very close to the sea and connected to it – to reveal the origin and maintenance of fish biodiversity by understanding the interaction between colonisation, extinction and adaptation. The project will compare marine lakes of similar age, size and environmental conditions, but with a different isolation level to the sea, in Raja Ampat, Indonesia.


Net EU contribution
€ 203 464,32
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen

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Oost-Nederland Gelderland Veluwe
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
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