Department Fish Ecology and Evolution

Eco-evolutionary dynamics in aquatic ecosystems: from mesocosms to natural ponds

The proposed research explores the influence of rapid trait evolution on contemporary community and ecosystem dynamics, and the role of such changes on natural selection. These ecological dynamics of natural selection are a focal point for the field of eco-evolutionary dynamics, which grew from the recognition that rapid evolution can culminate in feedbacks between ecological and evolutionary processes. However, we know little about which heritable traits are involved in these feedbacks, and the mechanisms by which trait-mediated effects of organisms on different ecosystem components (e.g. community composition, nutrient cycling) can shape selection pressures. In this work, we study the evolution of stickleback foraging in natural ponds and lakes on the Southern Peninsula of Greenland. In particular, we are interested in how the community context, namely the prey (i.e. zooplankton) and predators (i.e. Char), affect stickleback trait evolution.


Research team

Publications

Harmon, L. J.; Matthews, B.; Des Roches, S.; Chase, J. M.; Shurin, J. B.; Schluter, D. (2009) Evolutionary diversification in stickleback affects ecosystem functioning, Nature, 458(7974), 1167-1170, doi:10.1038/nature07974, Institutional Repository
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.; Hausch, S.; Winter, C.; Suttle, C. A.; Shurin, J. B. (2011) Contrasting ecosystem-effects of morphologically similar copepods, PLoS One, 6(11), e26700 (10 pp.), doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0026700, 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
Fischer, B. B.; Kwiatkowski, M.; Ackermann, M.; Krismer, J.; Roffler, S.; Suter, M. J. F.; Eggen, R. I. L.; Matthews, B. (2014) Phenotypic plasticity influences the eco-evolutionary dynamics of a predator-prey system, Ecology, 95(11), 3080-3092, doi:10.1890/14-0116.1, Institutional Repository
Lundsgaard-Hansen, B.; Matthews, B.; Seehausen, O. (2014) Ecological speciation and phenotypic plasticity affect ecosystems, Ecology, 95(10), 2723-2735, doi:10.1890/13-2338.1, Institutional Repository
Loudon, C. M.; Matthews, B.; Sevilgen, D. S.; Ibelings, B. W. (2016) Experimental evidence that evolution by niche construction affects dissipative ecosystem dynamics, Evolutionary Ecology, 30(2), 221-234, doi:10.1007/s10682-015-9802-7, Institutional Repository
Matthews, B.; Aebischer, T.; Sullam, K. E.; Lundsgaard-Hansen, B.; Seehausen, O. (2016) Experimental evidence of an eco-evolutionary feedback during adaptive divergence, Current Biology, 26(4), 483-489, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2015.11.070, Institutional Repository
Weber, M. G.; Wagner, C. E.; Best, R. J.; Harmon, L. J.; Matthews, B. (2017) Evolution in a community context: on integrating ecological interactions and macroevolution, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 32(4), 291-304, doi:10.1016/j.tree.2017.01.003, Institutional Repository
Brunner, F. S.; Anaya-Rojas, J. M.; Matthews, B.; Eizaguirre, C. (2017) Experimental evidence that parasites drive eco-evolutionary feedbacks, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America PNAS, 114(14), 3678-3683, doi:10.1073/pnas.1619147114, Institutional Repository
Best, R. J.; Anaya-Rojas, J. M.; Leal, M. C.; Schmid, D. W.; Seehausen, O.; Matthews, B. (2017) Transgenerational selection driven by divergent ecological impacts of hybridizing lineages, Nature Ecology & Evolution, 1, 1757-1765, doi:10.1038/s41559-017-0308-2, Institutional Repository
Lundsgaard-Hansen, B.; Matthews, B.; Aebischer, T.; Seehausen, O. (2017) The legacy of ecosystem effects caused by adaptive radiation, Copeia, 105(3), 550-557, doi:10.1643/CE-16-514, Institutional Repository
Matthews, B.; Best, R. J.; Feulner, P. G. D.; Narwani, A.; Limberger, R. (2018) Evolution as an ecosystem process: insights from genomics, Genome, 61(4), 298-309, doi:10.1139/gen-2017-0044, Institutional Repository
Melián, C. J.; Matthews, B.; de Andreazzi, C. S.; Rodríguez, J. P.; Harmon, L. J.; Fortuna, M. A. (2018) Deciphering the interdependence between ecological and evolutionary networks, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 33(7), 504-512, doi:10.1016/j.tree.2018.04.009, Institutional Repository
Govaert, L.; Fronhofer, E. A.; Lion, S.; Eizaguirre, C.; Bonte, D.; Egas, M.; Hendry, A. P.; De Brito Martins, A.; Melián, C. J.; Raeymaekers, J. A. M.; Ratikainen, I. I.; Saether, B.‐E.; Schweitzer, J. A.; Matthews, B. (2019) Eco‐evolutionary feedbacks - theoretical models and perspectives, Functional Ecology, 33(1), 13-30, doi:10.1111/1365-2435.13241, Institutional Repository
Dakos, V.; Matthews, B.; Hendry, A. P.; Levine, J.; Loeuille, N.; Norberg, J.; Nosil, P.; Scheffer, M.; De Meester, L. (2019) Ecosystem tipping points in an evolving world, Nature Ecology & Evolution, 3(3), 355-362, doi:10.1038/s41559-019-0797-2, Institutional Repository
Harmon, L. J.; Andreazzi, C. S.; Débarre, F.; Drury, J.; Goldberg, E. E.; Martins, A. B.; Melián, C. J.; Narwani, A.; Nuismer, S. L.; Pennell, M. W.; Rudman, S. M.; Seehausen, O.; Silvestro, D.; Weber, M.; Matthews, B. (2019) Detecting the macroevolutionary signal of species interactions, Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 32(8), 769-782, doi:10.1111/jeb.13477, Institutional Repository

Citations

Best, R. J.; Anaya-Rojas, J. M.; Leal, M. C.; Schmid, D. W.; Seehausen, O.; Matthews, B. (2017) Transgenerational selection driven by divergent ecological impacts of hybridizing lineages, Nature Ecology & Evolution, 1, 1757-1765, doi:10.1038/s41559-017-0308-2, Institutional Repository
Matthews, B.; Aebischer, T.; Sullam, K. E.; Lundsgaard-Hansen, B.; Seehausen, O. (2016) Experimental evidence of an eco-evolutionary feedback during adaptive divergence, Current Biology, 26(4), 483-489, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2015.11.070, Institutional Repository

Contact

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