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Our overall goal is to assess and improve capacities of marine species to deal with the current challenge of a rapidly changing Baltic Sea environment.
To reach this goal we need to understand the potential of organisms to evolve new adaptations and how management should be framed to support this.

Overall objectives of BAMBI are to answer these urgent questions:

  1. Will species and ecosystems of marine origin adapt and survive the coming 50-100 years inside the Baltic Sea?
  2. If so, what is needed in terms of population sizes, population connectivity and genetic variation?
  3. What governance structures, policy instruments and management measures can mitigate losses of marine Baltic Sea species?


To answer these questions requires a strong multi-disciplinary research effort that generates new scientific results reaching beyond current state-of-the-art. In addition, it requires an operational science-policy interface and a strong end-user involvement. The research programme Bambi is designed to meet these demands through:

  • integrating front-line research competences in genetics and genomics, population ecology, biophysical modelling, conservation genetic and political sciences
  • using state-of-the-art research methods, such as next generation sequencing, population genomics, climate-driven and spatially explicit modelling
  • actively involving end users, to combine science with practical knowledge through-out the project

 

To address these challenges we have defined 6 Workpackages:

WP1. Comprehensive mapping of population genetic structure and local adaptation using genome-wide sequencing

WP2. Modelling distribution of, and connectivity among populations

WP3. Organism and ecosystem tolerances to increased climate driven stress

WP4. Identifying governance structures and improving policy instruments for genetic diversity

WP5. Future scenarios of distribution and dispersal, and effects of various management measures

WP6. Management, coordination and internal communication

Research programme



 

WP1. Comprehensive mapping of population genetic structure and local adaptation using genome-wide sequencing

Objectives:

  1. Comprehensively identify population structure and connectivity for each of the four species as a base for identification of evolutionary significant management units
  2. Comprehensively assess degrees of local adaptation, including identification of genomic regions (SNPs, genome re-arrangements) unique for the Baltic Sea

WP 1 leader: Thorsten Reusch, GEOMAR
Partners: UGOT, USTO

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WP2. Modelling distribution of, and connectivity among populations

Objectives:

  1. Modelling distribution of species from correlations with physical parameters
  2. Modelling neutral patterns of dispersal (connectivity) of species
  3. Ground-truthing of models

WP 2 leader: Jonne Kotta, EMI
Partners: UGOT

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WP3. Organism and ecosystem tolerances to increased climate driven stress

Objectives:

  1. Estimate organism and ecosystem demography under increased stress of future combinations of salinities and temperatures
  2. Identify the genetic components and/or heritability of organism tolerance and identify involved genes or genomic regions
  3. Assess community effects of genetic changes following increased stress

WP 3 leader: Veijo Jormalainen, UTU
Partners: UGOT, EMI, GEOMAR

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WP4. Identifying governance structures and improving policy instruments for genetic diversity

Objectives:

  1. Review the use of information on genetic variation in biodiversity management
  2. Evaluate current policies against existing international agreements
  3. Assess effectiveness in different methods of knowledge transfer
  4. Develop new governance principles for designing MPAs
  5. Synthesize new and existing research and transfer to end users

WP 4 leader: Annica Sandström, LTU
Partners: USTO

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WP5. Future scenarios of distribution and dispersal, and effects of various management measures

Objectives:

  1. Model survival, distributions, population connectivity of the four species under different future climate scenarios
  2. Against the background of (1), evaluate effects of various management measures

WP 5 leader: Kerstin Johannesson, UGOT
Partners: EMI, GEOMAR, LTU, USTO, UTU

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WP6. Management, coordination and internal communication

Management objectives includes:
Organize and plan work, take strategic decisions, oversee progress, arrange meetings, organize joint field campaigns, workshops and end user activities, provide and update a project webpage, perform joint administrative issues, write yearly and final project reports.

WP 6 leader: Kerstin Johannesson, UGOT
Partners: EMI, GEOMAR, LTU, USTO, UTU

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Utskriftsdatum: 2017-07-24