This NERC funded project brings together scientists from Bangor and Southampton Universities to investigate the combined effects of two important climate change variables: CO2 and salinity, on the survival and performance of marine brachyuran crabs. The project uses a multidisciplinary approach to examine physiological, metabolic and immunological changes at different levels of biological organisation. Ultimately we are interested in elucidating the energetic costs associated with longer-term physiological compensation to environmental change and the subsequent effects on growth and immune function (‘health’). We aim to more fully understand the possible ecological outcomes for marine crustaceans under present climate change scenarios.
Funded by Natural Environment Research Council, UK