Evolutionary Ecology Group (Evol)
Understanding how biodiversity is generated and how species adapt to new contexts has been an active area of research since Darwin first laid out his theory of Evolution in 1859 and gone through a number of important revolutions in our understanding of this process over the past half century. Members of the EVOL team share a common interest in understanding the evolutionary process and the importance that social and ecological environments play in shaping this process. We are interested in understanding how selection acts to shape traits, behaviours, and social interactions as well as the consequences of selection for demographics, fitness, and adaptation. Through this approach, we gain both an understanding of how biodiversity has been generated as well as how species will adapt to new and changing environments. We focus on individual/genotypic level analyses of behaviours, phenotypic plasticity, and genetic adaptations and how these features interact with the social and ecological environment. Much of our work is empirically focused on a broad variety of systems (from ciliates to vertebrates) across the globe and some of this work has led to the generation of new theory through collaborations.