Eco-evolutionary dynamics of communities and ecosystems
Article first published online: 25 APR 2007
Volume 21, Issue 3, pages 465–477, June 2007
How to Cite
FUSSMANN, G. F., LOREAU, M. and ABRAMS, P. A. (2007), Eco-evolutionary dynamics of communities and ecosystems. Functional Ecology, 21: 465–477. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2435.2007.01275.x
- Issue published online: 25 APR 2007
- Article first published online: 25 APR 2007
- Received 1 February 2007; revised 20 February 2007; accepted 21 February 2007Editor: Andrew Hendry
- adaptive dynamics;
- character displacement;
- ecosystem evolution;
- evolutionary dynamics
- 1We review theoretical and empirical studies to identify instances where evolutionary processes significantly affect the dynamics of populations, communities and ecosystems.
- 2Early theoretical work on eco-evolutionary dynamics was concerned with the effect of (co)evolution on the stability of two-species predator–prey systems and the occurrence of character displacement in simple competitive systems. Today's theoretical ecologists are extending this work to study the eco-evolutionary dynamics of multispecies communities and the functioning and evolutionary emergence of ecosystems.
- 3In terms of methodology, eco-evolutionary modelling has diversified from simple, locus-based population genetic models to encompass models of clonal selection, quantitative trait dynamics and adaptive dynamics.
- 4The few empirical studies on community dynamics that explicitly considered evolutionary processes support the view that evolutionary and ecological dynamics often occur on similar time-scales, and that they co-determine the dynamical behaviour of ecological communities.