ARC Future Fellowships - Grant ID: FT140100131 [ 2015-03-01 - 2020-12-31 ]

Research Grant

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Researchers: A/Prof Katherine Buchanan (Future Fellowship )

Brief description Learning in a changing world: Maternal effects on offspring development and behaviour. The impact of anthropogenic change on Australia's biodiversity is of grave concern. It is therefore vital to understand the capacity of Australian fauna to adapt and change, despite environmental challenges. This project aims to quantify the potential for birds to respond to environmental challenges, by programming offspring with adaptive developmental profiles. By quantifying the effects of maternal stress over two generations, this project aims to determine whether mothers have the ability to alter rates of evolutionary change by employing epigenetic mechanisms. Combining lab trials with field data it will determine the biological relevance of these effects to a common, but declining bird, with relevance across Australian avifauna.

Funding Amount $769,222

Funding Scheme ARC Future Fellowships

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