[S24] Eco-evolutionary dynamics

In recent years, the scientific community has embraced the fact that evolutionary change can occur at ecological time scales and thereby interact with ongoing ecological dynamics. While theoreticians are exploring new ways to simultaneously account for ecological and evolutionary dynamics (e.g. demographic models, fast-slow dynamics), empiricists are investigating the drivers of eco-evolutionary feedbacks (e.g. environmental variation, evolutionary history, phenotypic plasticity, and community structure). To advance this "newest synthesis”, we bring together theoreticians and empiricists focusing on the eco-evolutionary dynamics of biological interactions across three levels of biological organization: 1) interactions among coexisting individuals with alternative life-history strategies, including personalities and tactics; 2) interspecific interactions, including host-parasite, prey-predator and symbiotic interactions; and 3) interactions between phenotypic variation and community or ecosystem characteristics. We invite contributions on eco-(co)evolutionary dynamics providing mechanistic, empirical and theoretical insights into eco-evolutionary feedback loops. In this way, the symposium will aim to advance conceptual understanding of eco-evolutionary dynamics in coevolution, speciation and life-history evolution. In addition to the invited speakers (Jen Schweitzer and Jonathan Pruitt), we have also invited Isabel Smallegange and Andrew Hendry to contribute to the symposium.
Organizers: Franziska Brunner, Jacques Deere, Martijn Egas, Christophe Eizaguirre, Joost Raeymaekers
Invited speakers: Jonathan Pruitt, Jen Schweitzer