Evolution, Adaptation and Biodiversity

Since four billion years, life on earth has been evolving and changing in response to environmental changes.
Species arise, disappear, expand and adapt - it is a continuous arms race in which the biological diversity is fluctuating constantly.

Today, environmental change is often driven by human activities such as pollution, nutrient enrichment, climate change or habitat modifications. Organisms need to cope with new conditions, acclimate and adapt, with consequences for the composition of the community and biodiversity as well as ecosystem functioning at different spatial scales. Fundamental questions arise related to the evolution of asexual reproductive modes and to understand the factors contributing to genomic variation and adaptation.

At ILEE, we combine ecological theory with models, data from field campaigns, and experimental setups to address these topics. We also focus on a mechanistic understanding of biological processes using physiological, behavioural, proteomic and epigenetic endpoints. Evolutionary processes, sexual and asexual reproduction are investigated at population level (experimental and natural ones).

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