Measuring Coevolutionary Dynamics in Species-Rich Communities

Alex Hall, Ben Ashby, Jordi Bascompte, Kayla King

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Abstract

Identifying different types of coevolutionary dynamics is important for understanding biodiversity and infectious disease. Past work often focused on pairs of interacting species, but observations of extant communities suggest coevolution in nature occurs in networks of antagonism and mutualism. Here, we discuss challenges for measuring coevolutionary dynamics in species-rich communities. We suggest ways established
approaches used for two-species interactions can be applied. We propose ways such data can be complemented by genomic information and linked back to extant communities via network structure, and suggest avenues for new theoretical work strengthening these connections. Quantifying coevolution in species-rich communities has several potential benefits, such as identifying coevolutionary units within networks and uncovering coevolutionary interactions among pathogens of humans, livestock,
and crops.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)539-550
Number of pages12
JournalTrends in Ecology & Evolution
Volume35
Issue number6
Early online date3 Mar 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 3 Mar 2020

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