Research report 2012 - Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology
When rapid evolution matters
Emmy-Noether-Gruppe Dynamiken von Artengemeinschaften (Abteilung für Evolutionsökologie)
SummaryOver the last years, evidence has accumulated that evolution can take place much more rapid than previously thought, occurring within a few generations. This finding is not only important for evolutionary biology, but also for ecology because the recognition that evolutionary change can act on ecological timescales makes the two processes ultimately entangled. Scientists at the MPI for Evolutionary Biology combine laboratory studies, analysis of mathematical models and genomic approaches to study the consequences of the interaction of ecological and evolutionary change on one time scale.