Theoretical and Genomic Ecology

Dnr:

SNIC 2017/1-46

Type:

SNAC Medium

Principal Investigator:

J├Ârgen Ripa

Affiliation:

Lunds universitet

Start Date:

2017-02-01

End Date:

2018-02-01

Primary Classification:

10615: Evolutionsbiologi

Secondary Classification:

10611: Ekologi

Tertiary Classification:

10610: Bioinformatik och systembiologi (metodutveckling under 10203)

Webpage:

http://www.biology.lu.se/research/research-groups/theoretical-population-ecology-and-evolution-group/research-projects

Allocation

Abstract

The interplay between current ecological processes, such as species sorting and community assembly, and evolutionary contingencies is a key eco-evolutionary question. The regional pool of extant species, and the corresponding distribution of phenotypes in trait-space, is defined by the evolutionary history of the constituent species. This project attempts to find general rules for how biological diversity emerges from the combination of ecological filtering and historical contingencies. The theoretical work is complemented by two experimental studies - one on extremely speciose marine bacterial communities, and one on highly specialized bird communities in Neotropical low-land rainforests.