Variation in life-history traits of ground beetles along altitudinal gradients
This project is investigating the reproductive response of Carabid beetles to changes in their environment's temperature. Some of these species have adapted to cold climates by slowing down their maturation and changing the timing of their reproduction. We now wish to know if these populations will be able to do the oposite in response to warming temperaters. The results may be used to make predictions about the implications of global warming on future distributions of these insects.
The carabid bettle Bembidion hastii, which is a common and active species at Finse. Photo: Sigmund Hågvar