Ruth FERNÁNDEZ-GARCÍA

Nationality Spanish
Year of selection2011
InstitutionUniversity of Copenhagen
CountryDenmark
RiskEnvironmental risks

Type of support

Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Granted amount

120 000 €

Duration

2 years

DOLPHINS IN DANGER

Climate change affects biodiversity. Species migrate to areas where the climate suits them, which may isolate groups of populations, reduce their genetic diversity and ultimately lead to their extinction. Negative effects on biodiversity could in turn have economic consequences. In marine zones, cetaceans, which control the distribution of many fish species, seem particularly at risk. To what extent will they be affected? During her postdoctoral research, Dr. Ruth Fernández-García will focus on the fate of two cold-water species of dolphins living in different environments. She will try to predict their future distribution by combining climate and habitat modeling and will investigate genetic variations caused by environmental change. Her research may then be extended to other species, including fish species of commercial importance.

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