Adaptation to Environmental Change

Scientists in this research theme study a diversity of organisms (microorganisms, invertebrates, vertebrates, plants) and environmental factors, such as temperature, drought, chemical toxins, oxygen, nutrients, air pollution and habitat fragmentation.

The world's natural and agricultural resources face major challenges from a changing climate and a growing human population.

Our approach to these complex and multi-layered problems spans all biological scales from the molecular to the ecological community. We combine state-of-the-art molecular technologies with experimentation, field studies, and mathematical-statistical modelling.

Areas of research

Our research activity is directed at three interrelated problems:

  • What are the different ways in which animals and plants may respond to extreme or altered environments?
  • How can we improve the long-term survival prospects of vulnerable species and ecological communities faced with environmental change, particularly with respect to the dual impact of habitat loss and climate change?
  • How can we improve the sustainability and output of food production globally, across a wider range of environments?
Ilik Saccheri

We aim to understand how organisms respond to environmental change. This will help develop solutions to safeguard biodiversity and the productivity of agricultural systems.

Professor Ilik Saccheri, Theme Lead

Theme members and publications

Read about the academic staff working together on this theme and see their latest publications

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