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Marta Szulkin: Watching life from space - tit trait variation in the Anthropocene

  • Date: Mar 9, 2017
  • Time: 14:00 - 15:00
  • Speaker: Marta Szulkin from the Wild Urban Evolution & Ecology, Centre of New Technologies, University of Warsaw
  • For further information on the speaker, please check http://leem.cent.uw.edu.pl/people/marta-szulkin/
  • Location: MPI Plön
  • Room: Lecture hall
  • Host: Miriam Liedvogel


I will present recent research focused on the application of remote sensing tools to understand environmental heterogeneity and how it can be linked to individual trait variation.

I will discuss how satellite data can increase our understanding of phenotypic and possibly genomic variation by including case studies of blue tit and great tit populations breeding in rural environments in England (Wytham, Oxfordshire) and France (Corsica and Montpellier, France).

I will further introduce possible applications of such methods in the context of a recently created nestbox population set in a gradient of urbanisation, where we aim to understand the footprint of cities on the phenotype and genotype of wild great tits and blue tits.

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