NKFI-132095 Effect of connectivity loss on biodiversity in experimental metacommunities

(NKFI-132095, 2019 - 2023, running project)
Coordinator or leader of the project: 
Zsófia Horváth
Coordinator or leader institution of the project: 
BLI
Responsible person at MTA ÖK: 
Short description: 

The aim of this project is to better understand the relative role of habitat and connectivity loss in explaining local and regional biodiversity loss in metacommunities, and their interaction with an important aspect of climate change, the warming of surface waters. We will carry out experiments using plankton metacommunities in mesocosms with multiple levels of connectivity, starting in spring 2020. We will combine the effect of heating (climate change) with removing key (central) links from the metacommunities to seek a better understanding of the impacts of the Anthropocene on local and regional biodiversity.

Aims: 

The aim of the project is to better understand the relative role of habitat and connectivity loss in explaining local and regional biodiversity loss in metacommunities, and their interaction with an important aspect of climate change, the warming of surface waters.