[Cite as http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DE170100824]
Researchers Dr Mylene Mariette
Brief description This project aims to reveal how birds programme their offspring for a warming world, by communicating acoustically with their embryos. Most animals, including humans, can hear external sounds before birth, but it is not known what function this plays. An Australian bird calls to its eggs at high ambient temperatures, which alters nestling growth and survival. This project will show the physiological effects involved and the consequences for adaptation to heat in wild birds. This project will elucidate whether the global reduction in animal body size is an adaptive response to rising temperatures, and research the therapeutic benefits of pre-natal sounds.
Funding Amount $372,000
Funding Scheme Discovery Early Career Researcher Award