Department Fish Ecology and Evolution

Parasites, adaptive divergence, and ecosystem dynamics

Host-parasite interactions can evolve rapidly in response to externally changing biotic and abiotic environments. During this co-evolutionary process rapid parasite-mediated evolution may influence reciprocal interactions between hosts and their ecosystems, possibly resulting in the concomitant evolution of host-parasite and host-ecosystem feedbacks. We are performing a series of mesocosm experiments to understand the ecosystem effects of parasitism, and how such effects might alter selection pressures on subsequent generations.


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