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[ This post is by Dan Hasselman; I am just putting it up. –B. ]“Help… we need reinforcement!”A major focus of my research deals with understanding how human activities impact the long-term persistence of species and influence evolutionary and ecological processes. Human activities are increasingly recognized as a potent evolutionary force shaping contemporary patterns and processes among populations, species, and ecosystems. From size-selective harvesting and […]
[ The author of this post is Jacques Labonne; I am just putting it up for him. –B. ]Once upon a time, in a far, far-away kingdom, an indomitable neolithic1 tribe resisted invaders as well as the king’s men for centuries, maybe for millenia. Gauls, Romans, Visigoths, Franks, and more recently the Spanish and French – this outlier of European culture resisted phagocytosis by all of them. Centuries passed, and because the evil French government could not tolerate such a […]
The 69th Carnival of Evolution is now up. Our contribution to the Carnival is Zach Gompert and Patrik Nosil's post, ‘Experimental genomics’ reveals selection’s role in genome evolution. Check it out!This edition of the Carnival celebrates Darwin Day, so let's just end with a picture of the man himself. Happy birthday, Darwin! (February 12th, almost a month ago, but the wheels of academia turn slowly, as you knew all too well.)Darwin as a young man.
Our understanding and expectations of how natural selection should lead to adaptive evolution in the wild is heavily informed by predictions derived from theoretical and laboratory studies. These, although useful in expanding our understanding of evolutionary processes, tend to consider only a single source of selection, and thus do not encompass the complexity of natural environments where multiple sources of selection interact simultaneously. Field surveys, on the other hand, do integrate the […]
I am currently in Fukuoka, Japan, at a workshop organized by Tet Yahara, Makiko Mimura, and others that is focused on developing a Genetic Diversity Report. The basic idea is that biodiversity science and policy currently focuses on species and their benefits to humanity, such as ecosystem services. This perspective misses the critical point that genetic diversity within species is incredibly important to those species and to their benefits to humanity. Every day during the workshop, we have […]
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