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Assessing urban impacts on wildlife using the pace-of-life framework

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EC-Contrib. €






Project "UrbPOLS" data sheet

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Organization address
address: ULIKOOLI 18
city: TARTU
postcode: 51005

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 Coordinator Country Estonia [EE]
 Project website
 Total cost 246˙421 €
 EC max contribution 246˙421 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2015
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-GF
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-07-01   to  2019-06-30


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    TARTU ULIKOOL EE (TARTU) coordinator 246˙421.00


 Project objective

Under pace-of-life syndrome (POLS) hypothesis, physiological, behavioural, and life history traits covary along the slow–fast pace-of-life axis. The POLS concept has been recently applied within species and populations, to studying individual-level variation in physiological, behavioural and life-history strategies. One critical environmental feature that has curiously been completely overlooked in POLS framework is the urbanization gradient (UG). Studies of urban animal ecology have so far concentrated on a few traits at a time, and a systematic approach to urban life-history and physiological adaptations is missing. This project proposes to study individual variation in life-history, physiological and behavioural traits along the UG in two model species of urbanization research, the house finch and the great tit, and to perform an experiment to understand the influence of environment v. genetic background on the development of pace-of-life differences between rural and urban birds. There are a number of avian studies that have assessed differences in traits associated with pace-of-life, such as reproduction, survival, behaviour and personalities, immune responses, and oxidative status along the UG, but so far no studies even consider the possibility of different adaptive pace-of-life strategies between urban and rural populations. Also, relatively little is known about shifts in genetic traits, and there are no studies designed particularly for testing pace-of-life differences between populations of urban and rural birds. The proposed project will use a multidisciplinary approach that involves field study methods for analysing survival, reproduction and behaviour and lab methods for quantifying OS, immune status, and gene expression (transcriptome microarray analysis).


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Janek Urvik, Kalev Rattiste, Peeter Hõrak, Richard Meitern, Tuul Sepp
Uropygial gland size: a marker of phenotypic quality that shows no senescence in a long-lived seabird
published pages: 141-148, ISSN: 1389-5729, DOI: 10.1007/s10522-018-9782-4
Biogerontology 20/2 2019-08-30
2019 Mathieu Giraudeau, Britt Heidinger, Camille Bonneaud, Tuul Sepp
Telomere shortening as a mechanism of long-term cost of infectious diseases in natural animal populations
published pages: 20190190, ISSN: 1744-9561, DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2019.0190
Biology Letters 15/5 2019-08-30
2019 Tuul Sepp, Beata Ujvari, Paul W. Ewald, Frédéric Thomas, Mathieu Giraudeau
Urban environment and cancer in wildlife: available evidence and future research avenues
published pages: 20182434, ISSN: 0962-8452, DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2018.2434
Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 286/1894 2019-08-30
2019 Mathieu Giraudeau, Frederic Angelier, Tuul Sepp
Do Telomeres Influence Pace-of-Life-Strategies in Response to Environmental Conditions Over a Lifetime and Between Generations?
published pages: 1800162, ISSN: 0265-9247, DOI: 10.1002/bies.201800162
BioEssays 41/3 2019-08-30
2017 Christina Madonia, Pierce Hutton, Mathieu Giraudeau, Tuul Sepp
Carotenoid coloration is related to fat digestion efficiency in a wild bird
published pages: , ISSN: 0028-1042, DOI: 10.1007/s00114-017-1516-y
The Science of Nature 104/11-12 2019-08-30
2018 Tuul Sepp, Steve Desaivre, Adam Z Lendvai, József Németh, Kevin J McGraw, Mathieu Giraudeau
Feather corticosterone levels are not correlated with health or plumage coloration in juvenile house finches
published pages: 157-164, ISSN: 0024-4066, DOI: 10.1093/biolinnean/bly029
Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 124/2 2019-08-30
2018 Marion Vittecoq, Mathieu Giraudeau, Tuul Sepp, David J. Marcogliese, Marcel Klaassen, François Renaud, Beata Ujvari, Frédéric Thomas
Turning natural adaptations to oncogenic factors into an ally in the war against cancer
published pages: 836-844, ISSN: 1752-4571, DOI: 10.1111/eva.12608
Evolutionary Applications 11/6 2019-08-30
2018 Tuul Sepp, Kevin J. McGraw, Ants Kaasik, Mathieu Giraudeau
A review of urban impacts on avian life-history evolution: Does city living lead to slower pace of life?
published pages: 1452-1469, ISSN: 1354-1013, DOI: 10.1111/gcb.13969
Global Change Biology 24/4 2019-08-30
2017 Tuul Sepp, Kalev Rattiste, Lauri Saks, Richard Meitern, Janek Urvik, Ants Kaasik, Peeter Hõrak
A small badge of longevity: opposing survival selection on the size of white and black wing markings
published pages: 570-580, ISSN: 0908-8857, DOI: 10.1111/jav.01136
Journal of Avian Biology 48/4 2019-08-30
2018 Mathieu Giraudeau, Tuul Sepp, Beata Ujvari, Paul W. Ewald, Frédéric Thomas
Human activities might influence oncogenic processes in wild animal populations
published pages: 1065-1070, ISSN: 2397-334X, DOI: 10.1038/s41559-018-0558-7
Nature Ecology & Evolution 2/7 2019-08-30
2018 Janek Urvik, Kalev Rattiste, Mathieu Giraudeau, Monika Okuliarová, Peeter Hõrak, Tuul Sepp
Age-specific patterns of maternal investment in common gull egg yolk
published pages: 20180346, ISSN: 1744-9561, DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2018.0346
Biology Letters 14/7 2019-08-30

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