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Experimental evolution of dispersal: Unifying theory, experiments and natural systems

Nicky Lustenhouwer Orcid Logo, Felix Moerman Orcid Logo, Florian Altermatt Orcid Logo, Ronald D. Bassar Orcid Logo, Greta Bocedi Orcid Logo, Dries Bonte Orcid Logo, Sutirth Dey Orcid Logo, Emanuel A. Fronhofer Orcid Logo, Érika Garcez da Rocha Orcid Logo, Andrea Giometto Orcid Logo, Lesley T. Lancaster Orcid Logo, Robert B. Prather, Marjo Saastamoinen Orcid Logo, Justin M. J. Travis Orcid Logo, Carla A. Urquhart, Christopher Weiss‐Lehman Orcid Logo, Jennifer L. Williams Orcid Logo, Luca Borger Orcid Logo, David Berger Orcid Logo

Journal of Animal Ecology, Volume: 92, Issue: 6, Pages: 1113 - 1123

Swansea University Author: Luca Borger Orcid Logo

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1.Dispersal is a central life history trait that affects the ecological and evolutionary dynamics of populations and communities. The recent use of experimental evolution for the study of dispersal is a promising avenue for demonstrating valuable proofs of concept, bringing insight into alternative...

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Published in: Journal of Animal Ecology
ISSN: 0021-8790 1365-2656
Published: Wiley 2023
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa63142
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Abstract: 1.Dispersal is a central life history trait that affects the ecological and evolutionary dynamics of populations and communities. The recent use of experimental evolution for the study of dispersal is a promising avenue for demonstrating valuable proofs of concept, bringing insight into alternative dispersal strategies and trade-offs, and testing the repeatability of evolutionary outcomes. 2.Practical constraints restrict experimental evolution studies of dispersal to a set of typically small, short-lived organisms reared in artificial laboratory conditions. Here, we argue that despite these restrictions, inferences from these studies can reinforce links between theoretical predictions and empirical observations and advance our understanding of the eco-evolutionary consequences of dispersal.3.We illustrate how applying an integrative framework of theory, experimental evolution and natural systems can improve our understanding of dispersal evolution under more complex and realistic biological scenarios, such as the role of biotic interactions and complex dispersal syndromes.
Keywords: dispersal, dispersal syndromes, evolutionary trade-offs, experimental evolution, metacommunities metapopulations, movement
College: Faculty of Science and Engineering
Funders: Natural Environment Research Council. Grant Number: Standard Grant NE/W006553/1 Schweizerischer Nationalfonds zur Förderung der Wissenschaftlichen Forschung. Grant Number: Early Postdoc Mobility Fellowship P2ZHP3_199658 This is publication ISEM-2023-075 of the Institut des Sciences de l'Evolution – Montpellier.
Issue: 6
Start Page: 1113
End Page: 1123