Evolutionary ecology

Evolutionary ecology is a field within both ecology and evolution that examines how interactions between and within species evolve. It explicitly considers the evolutionary effects of competitors, mutualists, predators, prey and pathogens.

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  • Research Highlights |

    An experimental evolution study published in Science demonstrates that non-additive interactions between pollinators (bumblebees) and herbivores (caterpillars) drive rapid evolution in plants.

    • Dorothy Clyde
  • News and Views |

    Rapid evolution of morphological variations is shown to be linked to positions of coral reef fishes at trophic-web extremes. This finding suggests that current fishing practices on coral reefs that target top predators and seaweed-grazing fishes may undermine the potential for future species diversification.

    • Mariana G. Bender
    •  & Osmar J. Luiz
  • News and Views |

    Statistical modelling from an impressively large genetic dataset traces the historical origins and spread of China’s modern tuberculosis (TB) epidemic. But there is more scope in the future to harness the potential of ancient TB genomes to model its evolution.

    • Kirsten I. Bos
  • News and Views |

    A transgenerational study in sticklebacks suggests that when an individual is exposed to conflicting information about predation, either directly through personal experience or indirectly through parental exposure, the typical response is to assume a predator is present.

    • Emilie C. Snell-Rood