center for synthesis
and analysis of biodiversity

A centre created and developed by the FRB


Gathering data on biodiversity of European seaweeds toward understanding responses of species and communities to global change, rules of community assembly and global biodiversity patterns

 Coordinator Line Le Gall - MNHN (Paris, France)

13 participants: Inka Bartsch - Alfred Wegener Institute (Allemagne) ; Olivier De Clerck - Ghent University (Belgique) ; Eric Feunteun - MNHN (France) ; Stephen Hawkins - University of Southampton (Angleterre) ; Romain Julliard - MNHN (France) ; Amaury Lambert - Collège de France, UPMC (France) ; Boris Leroy - MNHN (France) ; Christine Maggs - Queen’s University (Irlande du Nord) ; Christine Meynard - Virginia Institute of Marine Science (USA) ; Ester Serrão - CCMAR (Portugal) ; Pierre Taberlet - CNRS, Université Joseph Fourier (France) ; Myriam Valero - CNRS (France) ; Leen Vandepitte - Flanders Marine Institute (Belgique)

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Global change is altering the environment of living organisms at an unprecedented pace. Changes in abiotic parameters (e.g. rising temperatures and increase in the frequency/severity of extreme climatic events) as well as altered biotic interactions (e.g. competition) are likely to have a pronounced impact on the composition of natural communities and, in turn, on the functioning of ecosystems. Understanding how species or functional groups respond to environmental gradients is therefore more pressing than ever. The present project aims at enhancing existing data (published and unpublished) on biodiversity of seaweeds from Atlantic Europe toward characterising responses of species and communities to changes in their environment as well as the different mechanisms that govern community assembly and shape biodiversity patterns. To address these eco-evolutionary questions, the project will rely on a multidisciplinary team with ecologists, evolutionary biologists, population geneticists, algal taxonomists, marine biologists, modellers, mathematicians and bioinformaticians.

Saeweeds, algae, hard bottom communities, global change