Niche construction and evolutionary diversity in experimental marine microbial communities
This project investigates the impact of niche construction using miniature synthetic ecosystems, subjected to experimental manipulation of various forms of niche construction. The functional responses of bacterial populations to complementary and conflicting niche-constructing activities is being assessed, and the evolutionary response to niche construction quantified.
Form, function and physics: the ecology of biogenic stabilisation.
Paterson DM, Hope JA, Kenworthy J, Biles CL, Gerbersdorf SU. 2018. J Soils Sediments 18:3044–3054.
EES predictions this project tests
- Conceptual issues
- Evolutionary innovations
- Inclusive inheritance
- Evolutionary diversification