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.
EES predictions this project tests
- Conceptual issues
- Evolutionary innovations
- Inclusive inheritance
- Evolutionary diversification