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This project is funded by Sapienza University of Rome - Progetti di Ricerca Grandi (protocol n. RG1231889F5DF621).

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Analysing the impact of global change on European insects through the lens of macroecology 
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 © Steve A. Marshall

Insect populations are rapidly declining due to climate change, land-use change and pollution, yet they are largely absent from large-scale monitoring programs.


The goal of this project is to fill the knowledge gap on the response of European insects to global change across multiple levels of biological organisation, from species to communities.

The main objectives of the project are: 1) assessing past trends in mountain insect communities by studying the compositional turnover of parasitoid insects across elevational bands; 2) measuring the risk of future bioclimatic mismatch between hosts and their parasitoids; 3) prioritising extinction risk assessment of Data Deficient insects.

This project aims to investigate the mechanisms and patterns of European insect decline for shaping effective monitoring and action plans under the EU 2030 Biodiversity Strategy and the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework.

The photo above shows the Mintho compressa fly, a species of the Tachinidae family (photo credits: Steve A. Marshall).

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