Project Details


The main objective of this project is to examine spatiotemporal genetic and trophic change of North Atlantic cod populations over the last millennium, a period of significant temperature fluctuations.

This project addresses several important issues in current conservation and resource management, for example, population size fluctuations, migrations and distribution shifts of Atlantic cod in relation to climate change. The project will provide long term data (approximately 1100 years) on the genetic population structure, adaptive genetic change and trophic ecology of a single species, the Atlantic cod, expanding the application of cod as a model species in historical eco-genetics.

Specific research questions include:
- How have climate fluctuations effected migration, gene flow, distributional shifts and interactions of Atlantic cod populations in the North Atlantic?
- How have climate fluctuations affected the trophic niche of Atlantic cod through ecological regime shifts and change in Atlantic cod feeding migrations?
- How have climate fluctuation effected the trophic niche and trophic position of seabirds and do directional changes in seabird isotope values, together with isotope values from Atlantic cod, indicate specific ecosystem effects?
- How has climate change affected the adaptive evolution of Atlantic cod at centennial scales as revealed by spatiotemporal SNP analysis with broad genomic coverage?

DTU Aqua, National Institute of Aquatic Resources
University of Iceland, Iceland (coordinator)
University of Saskatchewan, Canada
City University of New York, USA
National Museum of the Faroe Islands, Faroe Islands 

This project is funded by the Icelandic Research Council.

Research area: Population Genetics
Effective start/end date01/03/2015 → 28/01/2018