01 October 2007 → 30 September 2011
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund, Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
- Animal biology
evolutionary ecology ecological genetics population biology
Whether divergence in ecological traits is merely influenced by ecological processes (ecological opportunity) or rather by the potential of species to produce alterantive phenotypes is crucial for understanding the mechanism of speciation. The degree of divergence in both ecological and molecular traits of species of the genus Hogna will be contrasted to explain patterns of differentiation in the genus Hogna. Furthermore it will be studied to what extent divergence in ecological traits can lead to reproductive isolation.