Population genetics and demography unite ecology and evolution

Trends in Ecology and Evolution
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The interplay of ecology and evolution has been a rich area of research for decades. A surge of interest in this area was catalyzed by the observation that evolution by natural selection can operate at the same contemporary timescales as ecological dynamics. Specifically, recent eco-evolutionary research focuses on how rapid adaptation influences ecology, and vice versa. Evolution by non-adaptive forces also occurs quickly, with ecological consequences, but understanding the full scope of ecology–evolution (eco–evo) interactions requires explicitly addressing population-level processes – genetic and demographic. We show the strong ecological effects of non-adaptive evolutionary forces and, more broadly, the value of population-level research for gaining a mechanistic understanding of eco–evo interactions. The breadth of eco-evolutionary research should expand to incorporate the breadth of evolution itself.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Population genetics and demography unite ecology and evolution
Series title Trends in Ecology and Evolution
DOI 10.1016/j.tree.2016.12.002
Volume 32
Issue 2
Year Published 2017
Language English
Publisher Elsevier
Contributing office(s) Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center
Description 12 p.
First page 141
Last page 152
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