"Phylogenetic models of evolving ecological interactions", Michael Landis, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Washington University in St. Louis
Source: BRS series
Abstract: Phylogenetic models formalize how macroevolutionary patterns are generated over deep time scales. Modeling how ecological traits evolve within and among phylogenetic lineages, however, has proven difficult for various theoretical, methodological, and empirical reasons. After surveying some of these challenges, this talk will describe our advances in modeling the evolution of ecological networks in plant-pollinator systems, modeling the reciprocal evolution between species range and ecological traits among competing lineages, and modeling how species move and evolve among spatiotemporally dynamic ecoregions.