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Adaptive radiations and species(?) diversity

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Why are some clades more speciose than others, everything else being almost equal? Why does species diversity vary across all sorts of dimensions? To what extent can the mechanics of adaptive radiations explain different patterns of clade diversification? Evolutionary game theory (adaptive dynamics) provide tools for the analysis and contemplation of biodiversity. We use a set of models based on those theoretical constructs in an attempt to understand the fundamental forces behind diversification. They also lead us to challenge the usefulness of the prevailing biological species concept. For example, what do we make of all the hybridization going on? There will also be some reflections on ontological problems in ecology and evolutionary biology.

This talk is part of the Behaviour, Ecology & Evolution Seminar Series series.

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