Academy of Finland
Funding decision
Applicant / Contact person Lehikoinen, Aleksi
Organisation University of Helsinki
Project title Changes in species communities: role of climate change, human land use and community complexity
Decision No. 323527
Decision date 22.05.2019
Funding period 01.09.2019 - 31.08.2023
Funding 517 502
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Project description
Climate changes is expected to cause drastic changes in the nature and already now distribution areas and timing of species have shifted due to increased temperatures. This project investigates the impact of climate change and human land use on populations of species on a continental scale, using large-scale citizen science data of birds. More specifically, my research investigates how fast are changes in speciesí populations and communities, what factors explain variation in the rate of change vary between areas and species and what is the role of protected areas when climate shifts species distribution areas. The results of the study not only provide important knowledge how communities and species with the communities are responding to climate change, but it also evaluate of the effectiveness of conservation actions to mitigate impacts of climate change.