EEB Thursday Seminar Series: Coevolution within Small and Large Webs of Interacting Species
John Thompson, Jean H Langenheim Endowed Chair in Plant Ecology and Evolution, University of California, Santa Cruz
Coevolution is one of the major processes shaping the web of life. In this talk I will begin with results from recent empirical studies showing how coevolving interactions between a group of insects and plants have diversified into small multispecific networks that become building blocks of larger networks. I will then discuss results from our recent models of how selection acting on these kinds of small coevolving networks may be reshaped within large webs of mutualistic species.
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