Polar adaptations to the cold and responses in a warming world
Professor Melody Clark, British Antarctic Survey, Cambridge, UK
Friday 8 October 2021, 11:00am via Zoom
Professor Clark leads the Adaptations group at the British Antarctic Survey, which studies two main areas: how animals adapt to the extreme cold and how they may react in the face of predicted climate change. She is also interested in how molluscs produce their shells - essential protection if there’s a large iceberg in the area for the Antarctic species she studies.
In this seminar, Melody will briefly review some of the major adaptations to the cold in polar marine species, concentrating, in particular on Antarctic fish and invertebrates. She will then explain how molecular methods (transcriptomics or gene expression profiling) can be used to understand their responses in a changing world and to predict their future resilience. She will use examples from work conducted in both Antarctica and Greenland, which do not always provide the results expected!