PhD title: Microclimate refugia site management strategies for biodiversity conservation
Climate change may have an adverse effect on biodiversity, causing the affected species to adapt. The outcomes of environmental change most frequently recognised in literature phenological and body mass alterations, as well as range shifts. One of the less frequently studied responses is microclimate selection within a given species’ current range, which is likely to differ depending on the species biology and ecology. The availability of different types of microclimate sites will vary greatly among individual ranges, and therefore, individuals can select and compete for favourable refuges to avoid the threat of adverse climate conditions.
The recognition of such behavioural strategies can highlight the ability of the species to adapt to climate change. Using new tracking technology and high resolution spatiotemporal data, I am going to analyse how species use sites with different microclimates in response to climate warming. My results will inform habitat management action to promote species conservation in a world dramatically altered by humans.
Zalewska, K., Waggershauser, C.N., Kortland, K. & Lambin, X. 2021. The best defence is not being there: avoidance of larger predators is not driven by risk intensity. Journal of Zoology.
Zalewska, K., Zalewski, A., Wajrak, A. & Selva, N. 2020. Tadpoles in the diet of otters – an overlooked prey item in the diet of a riparian predator? Journal of Vertebrate Biology, 69: 1-7.
Zalewska, K. & Zalewski, A. 2019. Size selection of alternative prey relative to the abundance of primary prey: pine marten hunting for frogs. Annales Zoologici Fennici, 56: 41-49.
Awards and Prizes
Vero Copner Wynne-Edwards Prize for outstanding performance in Biology at BSc Honours from the University of Aberdeen.