Ecosystem networks and system-level functions
Led by Richard Watson, John Odling-Smee, Michael Wade & Andrew Gardner
This theoretical project sets out to understand how inter-species interactions, through predation, competition and niche construction, are important for the stability and diversity of ecosystems. We are using connectionist learning theory to investigate the reciprocal interaction between the evolution of an ecological community and the non-living components of the ecosystem, exploring how this exchange influences the emergence of system-level functions.
EES predictions this project tests
- Conceptual issues
- Evolutionary innovations
- Inclusive inheritance
- Evolutionary diversification