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Dr Rosemarie Kentie
University of Oxford
We live in an era of rapid human induced environmental change, such as climate change and habitat destruction. Understanding if, and how, animals keep up with changing conditions is important for conservation, and a major contemporary topic in biology. This research aims to understand ecological and evolutionary responses to rapid environmental change, and predict population dynamics of wild bird species.
Can populations keep up with (global) environmental change? Although widely accepted by evolutionary biologists, adaptation to rapid environmental change is often ignored in studies of population dynamics. I will first integrate adaptation and population dynamics in a novel theoretical modelling framework. Thereafter, I will apply this model to three bird species. Specifically, I will test if they can sufficiently change their behaviour in response to a rapidly changing world. Thereby, my research will help to maintain biodiversity.