Evolutionary ecology of communities

 

We study the causes, consequences, and maintenance of biological diversity. Our research integrates studies on (1) how interactions between species evolve , (2) what factors promote and constrain microevolutionary processes, especially natural selection, (3) how interactions structure multispecies communities, and (4) which mechanisms promote the long-term maintenance of biological diversity. Our work combines theoretical explorations of these themes with experimental, observational, and meta-analytical studies. Although we have used a variety of study systems, most of our empirical work is conducted using damselflies (an awesome predatory aquatic insect).

Contact information:

Department of Biological Sciences
Program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701

Email: amsiepie@uark.edu

Photo credit: S. Krotzer

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