Which factors affect the occurrence of species populations in space and time
We are interested in the effect of anthropogenic impacts such as weirs and culverts or discharge of wastewater and pollutants on aquatic invertebrate species. When is gene flow interrupted and which barriers impede gene flow? Are population sizes decreasing? What are source populations for restored sites? Which genes/alleles are responsible for the resistance of some populations under stress and how fast do these emerge e.g. through selective sweeps? In which regions and under which environmental conditions is the division of populations leading to speciation?
We aim to answer those questions in different regions of the planet.
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