Project 21
Macro-evolutionary dynamics of niche construction

Led by Doug Erwin, David Krakauer & Jessica Flack


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.


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


EES predictions this project tests

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