Fiddling while home burns: climate change and fiddler crabs

  • Backwell, Pat (Patricia) (PI)

    Project: Research

    Project Details


    I will use field-based experiments to provide a mechanistic understanding of the effect of climate change on both survival (at all life stages) and reproductive output of Australian tropical fiddler crabs. I will determine whether adaptation to (a) increasing sea water temperatures and (b) rising sea levels will be possible with phenotypically plastic behavioural shifts or if they will require evolutionary change in key life history traits. Using a field-based experimental approach that is grounded in my extensive knowledge of fiddler crab ecology and behaviour will allow me to predict the effect these changes will have on the viability of fiddler crab populations.
    Effective start/end date1/01/1231/12/15


    • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$340,000.00


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