The Research Training Group (RTG 2010) "Biological RESPONSEs to Novel and Changing Environments" is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and runs from April 2015 to March 2024. For further information regarding our research and training program, the people involved etc. please use the links provided below. We hope you will enjoy browsing our pages!


Dr. Susann Räth

Scientific Coordinator

Zoological Institute and Museum
Loitzer Straße 26
17489 Greifswald
Phone +49 3834 420 4275

Prof. Dr. Gerald Kerth

Spokesperson of RESPONSE

Zoological Institute and Museum
Loitzer Straße 26
17489 Greifswald
Phone +49 3834 420 4100

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Biological responses to environmental change

The ability to respond to novel and changing environmental conditions, either by phenotypic plasticity, genetic adaptation, or range shifts, is pivotal to the longer-term survival of all organisms. Owing to increasing concerns about the consequences of human-induced global change, such responses have attracted increasing interest in recent years. RESPONSE focuses on the plastic and genetic capacities for in situ responses (cluster A) and on the factors limiting or facilitating dispersal to new habitats (cluster B). The RTG aims at deepening our understanding of the limits to population persistence, enabling more accurate predictions regarding the fate of populations under changing conditions. Our research program spans different levels of biological organization ranging from molecular and physiological mechanisms through to ecological population-level responses, and a wide variety of organisms including myxomycetes, plants (trees), and animals (snails, crustaceans, insects, spiders, bats).