RESEARCH: MARINE ECOLOGY

CCR is to undertake interdisciplinary research on the effects of human and environmental forcing on coastal living resources.

Our understanding of how harvesting may warp the selective landscape is limited, partly due to the difficulty of tracking the fate of individuals, and their genes, in the open sea. Empirical studies on coastal populations may offer great potential for elucidating harvestrelated selective processes. First, realism will be maintained by studying wild animals in their natural habitat. Second, control will be improved due to semi-sheltered study areas ontaining local populations.
Our research project is a comparative study on three harvested species: the Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua), European lobster (Homarus gammarus) and anadromous Brown trout (Salmo trutta). The main goal is to quantify fitness effects of selective harvesting and protection from harvesting. In addition, our research project aims to set up empirical field studies linking life history data, molecular genetic data and behavioural data in order to broadly assess fitness of marine species in their natural environment.