[S25] Spatial evolution

Although dispersal is one of the four mechanisms of evolutionary change, the explicit spatial context in which evolution occurs is frequently ignored. In addition, the dynamics of dispersal are important as well, as the ability to disperse itself may rapidly evolve and is subject to eco-evolutionary feedbacks. A particularly potent tool for elucidating spatial evolution is genomic data, which can be used to accurately assess (fine-scale) spatial genetic variation. Together with an improved understanding of spatial evolution, this helps us better understand applied processes such as biogeography, climate-change related range shifts, biological invasions and the spread of disease. Our symposium provides a platform for biologists studying evolution in a spatial context. We invite contributions from theory, experiments and comparative work considering all levels of organization, from individuals to communities, and particularly encourage studies incorporating multiple approaches. We will showcase the diversity of approaches (statistical approaches, modelling, experimental evolution, genetics, spatially informed genomics) as well as model and non-model organisms used in the study of spatial evolution (from microbes to vertebrates and digital organisms). This inclusive approach is a major precondition for promoting interaction and reaching synthesis in this quickly advancing field and designing future research avenues.
Organizers: Emanuel Fronhofer, Flora Jay, Benjamin Peter, Marjo Saastamoinen
Invited speakers: Stéphane Joost, Hanna Kokko