Department Aquatic Ecology

Feedbacks between ecosystem dynamics and genomics

All living organisms modify their biotic and abiotic environments, and by doing so they have the potential to change the strength and form of natural selection on themselves or on other interacting species. As a result, adaptive evolution can shape the reciprocal interactions between organisms and their environment, leading to either new opportunities or new constraints for further adaptation. Aquatic systems are a good model for exploring such effects, because we can manipulate fine-scale changes in the environmental conditions and measure evolutionary responses to these changes. 



Matthews, B.; Narwani, A.; Hausch, S.; Nonaka, E.; Peter, H.; Yamamichi, M.; Sullam, K. E.; Bird, K. C.; Thomas, M. K.; Hanley, T. C.; Turner, C. B. (2011) Toward an integration of evolutionary biology and ecosystem science, Ecology Letters, 14(7), 690-701, doi:10.1111/j.1461-0248.2011.01627.x, Institutional Repository
Matthews, B.; De Meester, L.; Jones, C. G.; Ibelings, B. W.; Bouma, T. J.; Nuutinen, V.; van de Koppel, J.; Odling-Smee, J. (2014) Under niche construction: an operational bridge between ecology, evolution, and ecosystem science, Ecological Monographs, 84(2), 245-263, doi:10.1890/13-0953.1, Institutional Repository