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14 May 2018

6 million DKK grant to understand birds’ reaction to climate change

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Associate Professor David Bravo-Nogues from Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate, Natural History Museum of Denmark, has received 6 million DKK from the Independent Research Fund Denmark. The grant will finance a collection-based project to understand how birds have reacted to climate change throughout the past million years. This can help us predict the future for biodiversity on Earth.

The Independent Research Fund Denmark has granted 6 million DKK to Associate Professor David Bravo-Nogues from Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate. The money supports the project DEMOCHANGE, which, lead from Denmark, will gather international scientists to study how biodiversity has responded to previous global change.

Associate Professor David Bravo-Nogues from Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate, Natural History Museum of Denmark, has received 6 million DKK from the Independent Research Fund Denmark (Photo: Anders Drud).

Climate change poses a major threat to biodiversity, potentially outpacing the ability of species to adapt. Yet the scientific community still struggles to anticipate the responses of biodiversity to climate change.

Integrating pioneering data and methods across macroecology, evolutionary genomics and paleoclimatology the project seeks to elucidate the demographic history of bird species during the last million years of climate change.

In the light of climate changes projected by the International Climate Panel (IPCC), this project helps the scientific community to foresee if species and biodiversity, most likely will adapt or decrease, and how fast it will happen in the centuries to come.

Contact
Associate Professor David Bravo-Nogues
Center for Macro ecology, Evolution and climate
Universitetsparken 15, building 3, 2. Floor
2100 Copenhagen Ø
E-mail: dnogues@snm.ku.dk
Phone: (+45) 35 32 12 58