SardiTemp is a multidisciplinary project that aims to determine the impact of temperature change due to global warming on metabolism, physiology, behaviour and reproduction of small pelagic fish, using the European sardine Sardina pilchardus as a model-system.
We aim to understand the response of adaptation of two different geographic populations of sardines and will analyse its’ genetic basis. Moreover, we will test the effect of temperature on carry-over and acute effects of sardine larvae. The results of different approaches will allow us to build a multidisciplinary prediction model of the distribution range considering future climate scenario projections, considering all aspects of sardines biology and ecology, and follow IPCC 2100 recommendations.
The adaptation to changing environments and how organisms will respond to climate change are key discussion topics in contemporary biology and this project will contribute with novel and original findings to the study of the biological and ecological adaptation of marine fishes to ocean warming. Moreover, it will contribute to engage the awareness of the general public, scientists and decision-makers when dealing with climate change impacts on living organisms.