Evolution right in our backyard

Research report (imported) 2012 - Max-Planck-Institut für Ornithologie

Partecke, Jesko
Abteilung Tierwanderungen und Immunökologie, Radolfzell

It is well established that urban areas have been successfully colonized by animals. Less is known about the extent to which urbanization causes ecological and micro-evolutionary changes in animals thriving in urban areas. Studies at the MPIO in Radolfzell elucidate that city life causes changes in behavior and underlying physiological mechanisms and that micro-evolutionary effects may play an important role. Current studies using newest radiotelemetry and micrologger technique aim to discover the impact of artificial city light at night on the daily and seasonal organization of urban animals.

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