Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research

Adapting to change

We explore the possibilities as well as limitations of organisms to adapt to environmental change with its effects on population dynamics and community structures. Using empirical data, both from experiments and from long-term datasets available at NIOZ, we can study this interplay in detail, over large spatial and temporal scales. The empirical insights work in tight connection with theoretical models predicting resilience, state shifts, and evolution, which allows a comprehensive understanding of ecological interactions in a changing coastal system.