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The Role of Physiology in the Causes and Consequences of Fisheries-Induced Evolution

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙499˙880 €
 EC max contribution 1˙499˙880 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-05-01   to  2020-04-30


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW UK (GLASGOW) coordinator 1˙499˙880.00


 Project objective

There is increasing evidence that intense commercial fishing pressure is not only depleting fish stocks but also causing evolutionary changes to fish populations with serious consequences for the viability of marine fish communities. Although current research on fisheries-induced evolution (FIE) has focused almost exclusively on the effects of size-selective harvest on reproductive potential of wild populations, there are a range of traits besides body size which could also affect the selectivity of fishing gears but which have not been investigated. For example, overlooked within the context of FIE is the likelihood that, within a given species, variation in physiological traits among individuals – and especially those related to energy balance (e.g. metabolic rate) and swimming performance (e.g. aerobic scope) – could make some fish more catchable or more likely to suffer mortality after discard. Selection on these traits could produce major shifts in the fundamental structure and function of fish in response to fishing pressure that are yet to be considered but which could directly determine population resource requirements, resiliency, geographic distributions, and responses to environmental change. This pioneering project will combine innovative approaches in the laboratory with cutting-edge acoustic tracking technology in the field to address this gap in knowledge with three main goals: (1) to examine whether physiological traits make some individuals more catchable by commercial fishing gears, and whether the environment modulates such effects; (2) to investigate the extent to which physiological traits influence recovery and survival after escape from fishing gear or discard; and (3) to determine whether selection on catchability generates changes in physiological traits that reduce population resiliency or erode the ability to cope with environmental change. Given that several fisheries have not recovered despite lengthy moratoriums, there is a pressing nee


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Shaun S. Killen, Andrew J. Esbaugh, Nicolas F. Martins, F. Tadeu Rantin, David J. McKenzie
Aggression supersedes individual oxygen demand to drive group air-breathing in a social catfish
published pages: 223-234, ISSN: 0021-8790, DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12758
Journal of Animal Ecology 87/1 2019-05-29
2018 Jack Hollins, Davide Thambithurai, Barbara Koeck, Amelie Crespel, David M. Bailey, Steven J. Cooke, Jan Lindström, Kevin J. Parsons, Shaun S. Killen
A physiological perspective on fisheries-induced evolution
published pages: 561-576, ISSN: 1752-4571, DOI: 10.1111/eva.12597
Evolutionary Applications 11/5 2019-05-29
2018 Matthew M. Guzzo, Travis E. Van Leeuwen, Jack Hollins, Barbara Koeck, Matthew Newton, Dale M. Webber, Frank I. Smith, David M. Bailey, Shaun S. Killen
Field testing a novel high residence positioning system for monitoring the fine-scale movements of aquatic organisms
published pages: 1478-1488, ISSN: 2041-210X, DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.12993
Methods in Ecology and Evolution 9/6 2019-05-29
2017 Ling-Qing Zeng, An-Jie Zhang, Shaun S. Killen, Zhen-Dong Cao, Yu-Xiang Wang, Shi-Jian Fu
Standard metabolic rate predicts growth trajectory of juvenile Chinese crucian carp ( Carassius auratus ) under changing food availability
published pages: 1305-1309, ISSN: 2046-6390, DOI: 10.1242/bio.025452
Biology Open 6/9 2019-05-29
2016 S. S. Killen, B. Adriaenssens, S. Marras, G. Claireaux, S. J. Cooke
Context dependency of trait repeatability and its relevance for management and conservation of fish populations
published pages: cow007, ISSN: 2051-1434, DOI: 10.1093/conphys/cow007
Conservation Physiology 4/1 2019-05-27
2016 Julie J. H. Nati, Jan Lindström, Lewis G. Halsey, Shaun S. Killen
Is there a trade-off between peak performance and performance breadth across temperatures for aerobic scope in teleost fishes?
published pages: 20160191, ISSN: 1744-9561, DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2016.0191
Biology Letters 12/9 2019-05-27
2016 Shaun S. Killen, Douglas S. Glazier, Enrico L. Rezende, Timothy D. Clark, David Atkinson, Astrid S. T. Willener, Lewis G. Halsey
Ecological Influences and Morphological Correlates of Resting and Maximal Metabolic Rates across Teleost Fish Species
published pages: 592-606, ISSN: 0003-0147, DOI: 10.1086/685893
The American Naturalist 187/5 2019-05-27
2016 N. B. Metcalfe, T. E. Van Leeuwen, S. S. Killen
Does individual variation in metabolic phenotype predict fish behaviour and performance?
published pages: 298-321, ISSN: 0022-1112, DOI: 10.1111/jfb.12699
Journal of Fish Biology 88/1 2019-05-27
2015 Shaun S. Killen, Julie J. H. Nati, Cory D. Suski
Vulnerability of individual fish to capture by trawling is influenced by capacity for anaerobic metabolism
published pages: 20150603, ISSN: 0962-8452, DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2015.0603
Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 282/1813 2019-05-27
2016 Jason R. Treberg, Shaun S. Killen, Tyson J. MacCormack, Simon G. Lamarre, Eva C. Enders
Estimates of metabolic rate and major constituents of metabolic demand in fishes under field conditions: Methods, proxies, and new perspectives
published pages: 10-22, ISSN: 1095-6433, DOI: 10.1016/j.cbpa.2016.04.022
Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A: Molecular & Integrative Physiology 202 2019-05-27
2016 Killen S.S., Norin, T., Halsey, L.G
Do method and species lifestyle affect measures of maximum metabolic rate in fish?
published pages: , ISSN: 1095-8649, DOI: 10.1111/jfb.1319
Journal of Fish Biology DOI: 10.1111/jfb.1319 2019-05-27
2017 S. S. Killen, T. Norin, L. G. Halsey
Do method and species lifestyle affect measures of maximum metabolic rate in fishes?
published pages: 1037-1046, ISSN: 0022-1112, DOI: 10.1111/jfb.13195
Journal of Fish Biology 90/3 2019-05-28
2017 Sonya K. Auer, Shaun S. Killen, Enrico L. Rezende
Resting vs. active: a meta-analysis of the intra- and inter-specific associations between minimum, sustained, and maximum metabolic rates in vertebrates
published pages: 1728-1738, ISSN: 0269-8463, DOI: 10.1111/1365-2435.12879
Functional Ecology 31/9 2019-05-28
2017 Shaun S. Killen, Stefano Marras, Lauren Nadler, Paolo Domenici
The role of physiological traits in assortment among and within fish shoals
published pages: 20160233, ISSN: 0962-8436, DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2016.0233
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 372/1727 2019-05-28
2017 Shaun S. Killen, Ryan Calsbeek, Tony D. Williams
The Ecology of Exercise: Mechanisms Underlying Individual Variation in Behavior, Activity, and Performance: An Introduction to Symposium
published pages: 185-194, ISSN: 1540-7063, DOI: 10.1093/icb/icx083
Integrative and Comparative Biology 57/2 2019-05-28

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