Partners in the projectThe Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis (CEES), Department of Biology, University of Oslo, Norway, focuses on how environmental, ecological and evolutionary processes are interrelated. Combining the skills of population ecologists, evolutionary biologists, geneticists and statisticians, CEES represents a unique interdisciplinary research effort. CEES coordinates the The Nordic Centre of Excellence – EcoClim that combines Oslo, Lund, and Helsinki Universities and explores how climatic variation affects the dynamics of ecological systems. This is done through the analysis of long-term population data as well as theoretical models.
Ecology and Genetics Laboratory, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Aarhus, Denmark, covers major fields of population ecology, population genetics and bioinformatics and views them as integrated elements of evolutionary biology. Research emphasize: theoretical population genetics, experimental population genetics, behavioural ecology, population ecology, conservation biology and molecular evolution and biological sequence analysis.
Laboratory of Alpine Ecology, Joseph Fourier University/CNRS, Grenoble, France, is an internationally recognised center of biodiversity research, with outstanding contributions to the molecular ecology of animals and plants, comparative phylogeography of different species, pioneering work in noninvasive genetic sampling and landscape genetics, insights into avian and mammalian mating systems, and, more recently, the origins of domesticated animals.
Grimsö Wildlife Research Station, Department of Conservation Biology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences – SLU, Sweden. Research conducted at Grimsö is focused on wildlife, landscape and conservation biology. Research objectives vary from basic research to applied management questions, and the techniques used include the most advanced telemetry methods in studying large mammals (ungulates and large carnivores), combined with application of GIS tools (wildlife habitat assessment, impact of roads on wildlife).
Department of Biology, University of York, York, United Kingdom, is one of leading biological sciences departments among the UK’s universities. The research of the laboratory is focused on major genetic variation within species, i.e. the subdivision of species into ‘races’. Using common shrews and house mice as models, the interaction of such races is studied together with its impact on gene flow, by field sampling, mapping with GIS, fertility analysis and molecular and chromosomal studies.
Sustainability Research Institute, University of Leeds, United Kingdom, conducts inter-disciplinary research on different dimensions of sustainability. Studies are based largely on the environmental social sciences and draw upon aspects of geography, sociology, politics, planning, economics, management, development studies and science and technology studies. SRI is a Centre of Excellence for inter-disciplinary research.
Institute of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom hosts a large number of ecologists and environmental scientists involved in three main research programmes: integrative physiology, ecology, and biological interactions in soil. Main topics of physiological studies are: circadian and photoperiodic timing in mammals, the causes and consequences of variation in animal energy expenditure (limits to sustained energy expenditure, energy demands of free-living animals, energetics of flight), and mechanisms underlying the ageing process in mammals. Studies on ecology of marine and terrestrial populations and communities concentrate on: investigation of how the physical and biotic environments affect an organisms’ individual performance, life-histories, genetic diversity and how these, in turn affect their population dynamics; investigation of processes that control the diversity and relative species abundance of plant and animal communities, including trophic interactions (herbivory, predation, parasitism).
The Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW), Berlin, Germany, conducts integrated biological and veterinary research on wildlife. The work of IZW is focused on the mechanisms and functions of evolutionary adaptations that ensure the survival and reproduction of individuals in free-ranging and captive populations of wildlife, and the limits that may affect the viability and persistence of such populations. For this purpose, behavioural and evolutionary ecology, wildlife diseases, and reproduction of mostly larger mammals and birds are studied.
Department of Evolutionary Ecology and Genetics (DEEG), University of Sassari, Italy, is an internationally-recognised centre of research on large mammal (ungulates, wolves) ecology. Their ongoing projects include the effects of landscape, season, and climate on roe deer, red deer, and fallow deer home ranges and behaviour, and impact of wolves on wild and domestic ungulates.