EEB Thursday Seminar: Coexistence in close relatives
Sharon Strauss, UC Davis
Understanding coexistence of closely related species lies at the nexus of how historical and ecological factors govern patterns of biodiversity. The criteria determining local coexistence in close relatives have typically been, for ecologists, whether these species meet conditions of stable coexistence when competing for resources; in contrast, evolutionists often consider coexistence of close relatives from the perspective of complete reproductive isolation. Clearly, both of these conditions must be met, but for coexistence in ecologically and phenotypically similar close relatives to occur, species must overcome a diverse suite of challenges beyond just these. I present data from experiments and ideas on the ecology and evolution allowing coexistence in close relatives.
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