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Coping with climate change: acclimation of marine fishes to global warming

Funding or Partner Organisation: Ian Potter Foundation (Ian Potter Foundation - Small Science Grant)

Start year: 2013

Summary: This grant will enable us to determine the potential for marine fish to cope with increases in sea water temperature predicted with global warming. Ultimately, the ability of species to adjust to a warming environment will set the limits for the range and magnitude of biological impacts caused by global warming. Fish from a range of populations will be maintained under elevated temperature conditions predicted to occur by 2100 to test the potential for acclimation. By determining the key attributes of fish populations and species that promote acclimation it will allow management tailored to provide thermal resilience in marine systems.

Keywords: Climate change, global warming, marine fish, acclimation

FOR Codes: Animal Physiological Ecology, Ecological Impacts of Climate Change, Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology), Climate and Climate Change not elsewhere classified, Ecosystem Adaptation to Climate Change, Ecological impacts of climate change and ecological adaptation, Mitigation of climate change, Adaptation to climate change, Understanding climate change