The dark side of light: species and community impacts of night lighting
Grant number: DP150101191 | Funding period: 2015 - 2018
The presence of artificial light at night (LAN) is one of the most profound recent changes in urban ecosystems. Correlated with increases in LAN are declines in the survival and fitness of species living in urban environments. This project aims to use a multi-disciplinary approach to explore the effect of LAN on survival, reproduction and physiology. It integrates field surveys with laboratory and field experiments and aims to utilise sophisticated physiological assays to identify the links between LAN, melatonin, immunity, survival and reproduction. The intended outcome of this research is to provide fundamental insights into the biological consequences of LAN at the species and community l..View full description
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Artificial light at night as a driver of evolution across urban-rural landscapes
Gareth R Hopkins, Kevin J Gaston, Marcel E Visser, Mark A Elgar, Theresa M Jones
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Artificial light at night prolongs juvenile development time in the black field cricket, Teleogryllus commodus
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Effects of lifetime exposure to artificial light at night on cricket (Teleogryllus commodus) courtship and mating behaviour
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Increasing evidence suggests that key fitness-related behaviours of animals related to courtship and mating may be disrupted by an..