During this event, Melissa Minter will discuss her recently published co-authored paper 'Past, current, and potential future distributions of unique genetic diversity in a cold‐adapted mountain butterfly'.
The University of York study tracked the impact of changes in climate on the genetic diversity of the mountain ringlet butterfly over the 21,000 years since the last ice age.
The study suggests that future conservationists may have to evacuate some populations of butterflies to cooler habitats, higher up in mountains or further north in places including Scotland, Scandinavia and the Alps.
This event will involve a 15 minute summary of the paper followed by a 45 minute Q&A
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