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Track evolution in action using the resurrection approach

We use the resurrection approach, that compares ancestors and descendants, to study rapid contemporary evolution to novel environments (i.e., changes in abiotic conditions, such as drought, but also climate-induced changes in biotic interactions, such as plant-herbivore interactions). By working with a spectrum of species and populations along their distribution range, we aim to identify the factors that promote or hamper their adaptive potential. For example, are species with fast life-history or ecological strategies more likely to adapt rapidly to climate change than species with slower strategies (i.e., annual vs perennial, ruderal vs stress-tolerant)? Similarly, do populations at the range edges have a reduced adaptive potential relative to populations at the core range based on their standing genetic variation? (back)

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