Project

The spatial and community context of the evolution of ecological specialization

Duration
15 October 2016 → 14 October 2020
Funding
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Promotor
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Evolutionary biology
    • General biology
  • Medical and health sciences
    • Social medical sciences
Keywords
Local adaptation metacommunity
 
Project description

Patterns in biodiversity indicate that movement of organisms and evolutionary processes depend on environmental variation and competition. Using experimental evolution on Tetranychus urticae, I will test how spatial structure, competition and disturbance affect adaptations towards a novel environment. This combined with individual-based modeling will allow generic insights on the relative importance of ecology and evolution for metapopulation dynamics