Toward an integration of evolutionary biology and ecosystem science
2011 (English)In: Ecology Letters, ISSN 1461-023X, E-ISSN 1461-0248, Vol. 14, no 7, 690-701 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
At present, the disciplines of evolutionary biology and ecosystem science are weakly integrated. As a result, wehave a poor understanding of how the ecological and evolutionary processes that create, maintain, and changebiological diversity affect the flux of energy and materials in global biogeochemical cycles. The goal of thisarticle was to review several research fields at the interfaces between ecosystem science, community ecologyand evolutionary biology, and suggest new ways to integrate evolutionary biology and ecosystem science.In particular, we focus on how phenotypic evolution by natural selection can influence ecosystem functionsby affecting processes at the environmental, population and community scale of ecosystem organization.We develop an eco-evolutionary model to illustrate linkages between evolutionary change (e.g. phenotypicevolution of producer), ecological interactions (e.g. consumer grazing) and ecosystem processes (e.g. nutrientcycling). We conclude by proposing experiments to test the ecosystem consequences of evolutionary changes.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
John Wiley & Sons, 2011. Vol. 14, no 7, 690-701 p.
biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, community genetics, eco-evolutionary dynamics, ecological stoichiometry, ecosystem science, evolutionary biology, feedbacks, natural selection
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-87678DOI: 10.1111/j.1461-0248.2011.01627.xISI: 000292865200008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-87678DiVA: diva2:710355