Impact of mining on the rate of molecular aging in Arctic wildlife
Strategic research project of the University of Oulu
Focus institute: Kvantum
This project will quantify some key molecular signatures (e.g. telomere homeostasis, gene expression) associated with inhabiting areas containing elevated levels of metals, released through mining activities, in Arctic field sites. The project also aims to use field experiments to examine potential for local adaptation to metal pollution, and the potential effects of stress on fitness components, such as immune function and infection status. The principle model species is a small rodent, the bank vole Myodes glareolus.
Key words: telomere, cellular stress, ecotoxicology, immunity, fitness