Project 3
How evolution learns from experience

Led by Richard Watson, Gunter Wagner & Tobias Uller

 

eyes of the great horned owl

 

This project models the reciprocal interactions between long-term genetic evolution and short-term phenotypic plasticity, using a novel approach that exploits the parallels between learning and evolution. This will enable us to predict how plasticity shapes the evolution of developmental regulation and how this regulation biases genetic change. It will also shed light on how lineages maintain the ability to evolve as they adapt.

 

Blog posts

Understanding the role of plasticity in evolution
Rago A. 23 August 2017.
 
Intelligent design without a creator? Why evolution may be smarter than we thought
Watson RA. 27 Feb 2017.

 

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