How will marine organisms respond to future climate change, the case of the Manila clam?


Christine Paillard, LEMAR et Luca Bargelloni, BCA

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Start Date

January 1, 2022

End Date

January 31, 2026

Studying how aquatic organisms will respond to future climate change has become one of the most active areas of research, as the answer to such a critical question will provide essential knowledge to mitigate the effects of global warming on biodiversity and thus on fisheries and aquaculture. The objective of CLIMCLAM is to address the fundamental and timely issue of the Manila clam's response to climate change. We propose here, through the international research project CLIMCLAM, to design and implement a unique, multi-level and transdisciplinary experimental research plan. The expected results will be pioneering in terms of science, conservation planning and food security management, completed by training of future generations to climate change biology, as well as in the evolution of hybrid human-clam collectives. Indeed, the outcome of our work will benefit from increased attention given the unprecedented and irreversible ecological transformation of all ecosystems due to climate change and multifactorial anthropogenic changes.

The team


En France

  • Aurélie CHAMBOUVET | AD2M (Adaptation and Diversity in Marine Environment)
  • Philippe ARSON | IFSeM
  • Céline LIRET | Océanopolis
  • Bertrand DU MESNILDOT, Jean-François AUVRAY, Baptiste HOUYVET, Emilie VETOIS | Satmar (Société Atlantique de Mariculture)
  • Florence MENEZ | AMURE
  • Fabien RIERA, Isabelle ELIZEON | HCTI
  • Artistes : Anne Le MEE, Quentin JOURDAN, Jérémy SEGARD

En Italie

  • Luca BARGELLONI, Massimo MILAN, Barbara CARDAZZO, Luca PERUZZA, Maria Elena MARTINO |Department of Comparative Biomedicine and Food Science (BCA) , University of Padova