Advisory Board & Collaborating Institutes
Prof. Vassiliki Kati -University of Ioannina, Department of Biological Applications & Technology, Biodiversity Conservation Lab, Greece
Dr. Eva Knop -University of Zurich, Switzerland
Prof. Consuelo De Moraes -Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich (ETH), Switzerland
Dr. Oliver Schweiger -Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), Germany
Assoc. Prof. Brent Sewall -Temple University, USA
Dr. Maria Dimaki -Goulandris Natural History Museum, Greece
Konstantinos Anagnostellis-Technical Assistant
Marina Brokaki – Scientific Assistant
Eleutheria Kaltsouni – Diploma student (BCL)
The research project was supported by the Hellenic Foundation for Research and Innovation (H.F.R.I.) under the “3rd Call for H.F.R.I. Research Projects to support Post-Doctoral Researchers” (Project Number 7191).
Predict the ecological traits that make butterflies adaptable to climate change
- Model the decreasing body size of butterflies as a response to climate change across different environments.
Test the relative importance of climate change in body size across different environments: time will serve as a proxy for the increasing temperature, and the location of specimens will serve as a proxy for a variety of geographical elements (e.g., elevation, latitude) and will define the type of the environment the specimen was collected from such as urban areas, agriculture areas, forests and grasslands.
Address directional shifts in community structure: MEIOSIS expects that larger or cold-affinity species will “fly out” and smaller or warm-affinity species will “fly in” altering community structure and average community body size.
- Map species’ traits that predict the ability of an organism to shrink/ adapt to climate change in relation to its environment.
- Test the relative importance of species traits (i.e., diet, distribution, voltinism) on shrinking body size and across different environments.
Digitization & Body size measurements
Scientific paper writing
Dissemination & Communication
Butterfly gallery: photos by @ D. Zografou
Lab gallery: Digitization and measurement of butterfly morphometric characteristic