Miljø 2015: RCN Research Award Granted to Anna Nilsson
Funding to support her research into the effects of stream flow dynamics on the white-throated dipper, Norway's national bird.
The Norwegian Research Council (RCN) announced last week the thirteen projects that are to be funded through the Miljø 2015 program - and the application submitted by Anna Nilsson was one of the selected projects.
Anna Nilsson's research team will include Nils Chr. Stenseth (CEES), Asbjørn Vøllestad (CEES), Thomas Skaugen (NVE), Prof. Jan Henning L'Abée-Lund (NVE), Jane Reid (University of Aberdeen), and Kurt Jerstad.
Her projects aims to study the ecological and evolutionary effects of the truly important local environmental variable, by combining state-of-the-art hydrological stream flow simulations with individual data from a unique long-term studied population of white-throated dippers. Secondarily, they will investigate the following biological hypotheses:
- Can local water flow dynamics predict patterns of individual breeding success?
- Is phenotypic plasticity more important for coping with environmental fluctuations than adaptations?
- Do water flow dynamics and age composition have an effect on population dynamics?
- Does the recovery of Atlantic salmon due to liming affect territory quality and population dynamics of white-throated dipper?