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International Conference on Mathematical Biology and

Annual Meeting of The Society for Mathematical Biology,

July 27-30, 2009

University of British Columbia, Vancouver



Plenary 29:00 am - 9:45 am, July 27
Ulf Dieckmann
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg, Austria
Title Dynamics at the interface of ecology and evolution
Abstract Adaptive evolution is ecology in action (Krebs 1985). Selection pressures in natural systems cannot be understood without accounting for the often complex demography, ecology, and ecosystem embedding of populations. Conversely, predicting changes in natural systems exposed to strong anthropogenic impacts requires accounting for the prospect of rapid contemporary evolution. This presentation provides an overview of modeling approaches linking ecological and evolutionary dynamics, ranging from evolutionary games, adaptive dynamics, and reaction-diffusion systems to individual-based multi-locus genetics and eco-genetic modeling. Particular attention will be given to the role of ecology in speciation processes and to describing rapid evolution induced by harvesting. Different research questions are best addressed by different modeling approaches, underscoring the need for methodological pluralism in ecology and evolution.
ChairChristoph Hauert
LocationWoodward 2