Adaptation to climate change for both northern and southern species
Person photo Prof Kristoffer Hylander
Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences

Both mitigation of causes of climate change and adaptations to the changes are necessary steps to take for the society. Adaptations to climate change generally lie behind. This is highly true for biodiversity conservation, which is here addressed. The project has three components: refugia for northern species, stepping stones for southern species, and an analysis of to what extent these areas are already covered in reserve networks and which actions that could be taken. We will create a micro-climatic model over the transitional region that is called Limes Norrlandicus, where many northern and southern plants have their distributional limit. We will identify localities of northern species and compare the micro-climate in these sites with the regional climate to assess if it is likely that such areas could be identified by modelling of down-scaled climatic data. We will use the down-scaled model to identify possible warm micro-climatic sites that might become future stepping stones for southern species. In these sites we will follow transplanted southern species to evaluate which conditions that are crucial for stepping stones to appear. Finally we will overlay the current different reserve networks with our model of refugia and stepping stones. Based on this evaluation, the results from the two first components and international literature we will also deliver a tool-box of possible actions of protection and management that should be considered by companies and authorities.
A PhD-student will be recruited in this project.

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Prof Johan Ehrlén
My research focuses on plant-animal interactions and plant population dynamics. An important theme in my research is to link variation in natural selection and population dynamics to environmental variation. One research field concerns how environmental context influences natural selection mediated ...

Plagiomnium undulatum, a southern moss