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IceCommunities SIGNED

Reconstructing community dynamics and ecosystem functioning after glacial retreat

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 IceCommunities project word cloud

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Project "IceCommunities" data sheet

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Organization address
address: Via Festa Del Perdono 7
city: MILANO
postcode: 20122

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 Coordinator Country Italy [IT]
 Total cost 1˙845˙773 €
 EC max contribution 1˙845˙773 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2017-COG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2018
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2018-04-01   to  2023-03-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO IT (MILANO) coordinator 1˙720˙738.00


 Project objective

Glaciers show a pattern of retreat at the global scale. Increasing areas are exposed and colonized by multiple organisms, but lack of global studies hampers a complete understanding of the future of recently deglaciated terrains. What will be the fate of these areas? How do animals, plants and microorganisms colonize them? How do they interact to perform successful colonization? Which are the climatic, geological and biogeographical processes determining colonization patterns? How does ecosystem functioning evolves through time? Until now, the complete reconstruction of soil communities was hampered by the complexity of identification of organisms, thus analyses at broad geographical and taxonomic scale have been so far impossible. IceCommunities will combine innovative methods and a global approach to boost our understanding of the evolution of ecosystems in recently deglaciated areas. I will investigate chronosequences ranging from recently deglaciated terrains to late successional stages of soil pedogenesis. Through environmental DNA metabarcoding I will identify species from multiple taxonomic groups (bacteria, fungi, protists, soil invertebrates, plants), to obtain a complete reconstruction of biotic communities along glacier forelands over multiple mountain areas across the globe. This will allow measuring the rate of colonization at an unprecedented detail. Information on assemblages will be combined with analyses of soil, landscape and climate to identify the drivers of community changes. I will also identify the impact of eco-geographical factors (climate, regional pool of potential colonizers) on colonization. Analysis of functional traits will allow reconstructing how functional diversity emerges during community formation, and how it scales to the functioning of food webs. IceCommunities will help to predict the future development of these increasingly important ecosystems, providing a supported rationale for the appropriate management of these areas


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Lucie Zinger, Aurélie Bonin, Inger G. Alsos, Miklós Bálint, Holly Bik, Frédéric Boyer, Anthony A. Chariton, Simon Creer, Eric Coissac, Bruce E. Deagle, Marta De Barba, Ian A. Dickie, Alex J. Dumbrell, Gentile Francesco Ficetola, Noah Fierer, Luca Fumagalli, M. Thomas P. Gilbert, Simon Jarman, Ari Jumpponen, Håvard Kauserud, Ludovic Orlando, Johan Pansu, Jan Pawlowski, Leho Tedersoo, Philip F
DNA metabarcoding—Need for robust experimental designs to draw sound ecological conclusions
published pages: 1857-1862, ISSN: 0962-1083, DOI: 10.1111/mec.15060
Molecular Ecology 28/8 2019-12-16
2019 Mattia Falaschi, Raoul Manenti, Wilfried Thuiller, Gentile Francesco Ficetola
Continental‐scale determinants of population trends in European amphibians and reptiles
published pages: 3504-3515, ISSN: 1354-1013, DOI: 10.1111/gcb.14739
Global Change Biology 25/10 2019-12-16
2019 Wentao Chen, Gentile Francesco Ficetola
Conditionally autoregressive models improve occupancy analyses of autocorrelated data: An example with environmental DNA
published pages: 163-175, ISSN: 1755-098X, DOI: 10.1111/1755-0998.12949
Molecular Ecology Resources 19/1 2019-11-26

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