Adaptation and evolution

In a rapidly changing world, some organisms show remarkable adaptability. For example, they adjust their behavioural or physiological traits for survival or successful reproduction. We aim to understand the mechanisms behind these adaptation and survival strategies and to explore their impact on ecosystems and communities. In fact, evolution and adaptation do not always occur slowly, but can happen relatively quickly, for example in response to environmental change or pressure from new competitors. In turn, evolutionary processes also shape the ecosystems in which they occur. This close interaction is known as eco-evolutionary dynamics. 

Selected publications

October 2023
Ecology letters. - 26(2023)12, 2066-2076

Long-term data reveal contrasting impacts of native versus invasive nest predators in Iceland

Jón Einar Jónsson; Fiona S. Rickowski; Florian Ruland; Árni Ásgeirsson; Jonathan M. Jeschke

The authors used unusual Citizen Science data from several decades to show that the American mink has decimated the native eider duck in the Brokey archipelago by about 60 %. In another Icelandic landscape, the return of the native Arctic fox had no discernible impact on the eider population - presumably due to the common evolutionary history in which the eiders have developed defence strategies.

February 2023
Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. - 290(2023)1992 Art. 20222115

Leveraging big data to uncover the eco-evolutionary factors shaping behavioural development

Sean M. Ehlman; Ulrike Scherer; David Bierbach; Fritz A. Francisco; Kate L. Laskowski; Jens Krause; Max Wolf

In this review, the authors provide a guide to state-of-the-art approaches that allow the collection and analysis of high-resolution behavioural data across development. They outline how such approaches can be used to address key issues regarding the ecological and evolutionary factors shaping behavioural development.

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Lynn Govaert

Research Group Leader
Research group
Eco-Evolutionary Dynamics

Heiner Kuhl

Scientific Staff
Research group
Molecular Fish Physiology
Genetics and Evolution of Fish (and other Vertebrates)

Matthias Stöck

Research Group Leader
Research group
Genetics and Evolution of Fish (and other Vertebrates)

Justyna Wolinska

Programme Area Speaker
Research group
Disease Evolutionary Ecology

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