Academy of Finland
Funding decision
Name Kivelä, Sami
Organisation OY
Project title
Evolutionary consequences of urbanization
Decision No. 319898
Decision date 29.05.2018
Funding period 01.09.2018 - 31.08.2021
Funding 249 940
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Project description
This project examines evolutionary adaptation to urban environments by using moths as the model system. Urbanization is globally changing the environment, but the evolutionary consequences of urbanization remain poorly understood, industrial melanism in moths being the best-known of the few examples of urbanization-induced evolution. This project aims to further elucidate the evolution of industrial melanism, examine the physiological and life history adaptations to urban environments, and resolve whether urban adaptations have a single origin or if they evolve independently in different cities. Measurement of specimens captured from the field across Europe, laboratory experiments, and genetic analyses will be conducted. The work will be done at University of Oulu, yet one experiment will be carried out at Stockholm University. Knowledge of urbanization-induced evolution is needed in assessing the biological consequences of urbanization, and it has applicability in urban planning.