Project 21
Macro-evolutionary dynamics of niche construction

Led by Doug Erwin, David Krakauer & Jessica Flack

 

plant fossils

 

This project assesses the role of ancestral niche construction in causing macro-evolutionary patterns, taking into account previously neglected aspects such as the generation of new resources and morphological innovation that niche construction and positive feedback allows. A sophisticated theoretical model is being developed in order to understand the macro-evolutionary dynamics of niche construction and ecosystem engineering, with the model’s predictions to be tested using data from the fossil record.

 

Publications

Control of finite critical behaviour in a small-scale social system.
[open access PDF]
Daniels BC, Krakauer DC, Flack JC. 2017. Nat Comm 8:14301.

 

EES predictions this project tests

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