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Micromics: microclimate and genomics

Climate change has been identified as one of the most important human-induced global drivers of biodiversity loss. Understanding and forecasting the effects of climate change on biodiversity are among the major challenges of our time.


Microclimate conditions and eco-evolutionary processes manifesting at fine spatial scales are key to understanding how organisms respond to changing environmental conditions, yet, they are frequently neglected when studying biotic responses to global change.


The MICROMICS project aims to study the importance of microclimate as a driver of fine-scale adaptive evolution, dispersal, climate change exposure and sensitivity, and, ultimately, range-wide species dynamics.


The Micromics-project is coordinated by the division of Forest, Nature and Landscape (KU Leuven) by Hanne De Kort, Koenraad Van Meerbeek, Christophe Metsu and Lore Hostens.