Climate Change and Competitive Interactions

Updated 2003-06-23

The effects of climate change in a dynamic competitive interaction between two or more species can be bought about either as direct responses of species to change or indirectly through effects on competing species. Intertidal barnacles are ideal model organisms to test these alternative causal mechanisms, being easily censussed and directly competing for space. Single- and multi- species models will be developed for barnacles in SW England to determine whether direct or indirect mechanisms better predict responses to change. The models will include functions for space-limitation, environmental influence and, in the latter models, functions for interspecific competition. Historical data from a network of sites collected over a 40-year period will be used to develop and test the models.

Time frame

Project time span
2002 - 2003
Data collection
not specified
Data processing
not specified
Data reporting
not specified

Contact information

Contact person
Mike Burrows
Scottish Association for Marine Science Dunstaffnage Marine Laboratory Oban Argyll PA37 1QA SCOTLAND
[+44] (0) 1631 559237
[+44] (0) 1631 559001

Parameters and Media

Not specified


Regions studied
Dunstaffnage Marine Laboratory

Data availability

Samples/specimens archived in specimen banks?

Methods & Procedures

Not specified

Additional Information

Is this a bi- AND multi-lateral project (i.e. a project involving cooperation between different countries)?
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