What genomic data can reveal about eco-evolutionary dynamics

Seth M. Rudman, Matthew A. Barbour, Katalin Csilléry, Phillip Gienapp, Frederic Guillaume, Nelson G. Hairston, Andrew P. Hendry, Jesse R. Lasky, Marina Rafajlović, Katja Räsänen, Paul S. Schmidt, Ole Seehausen, Nina O. Therkildsen, Martin M. Turcotte, Jonathan M. Levine

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Recognition that evolution operates on the same timescale as ecological processes has motivated growing interest in eco-evolutionary dynamics. Nonetheless, generating sufficient data to test predictions about eco-evolutionary dynamics has proved challenging, particularly in natural contexts. Here we argue that genomic data can be integrated into the study of eco-evolutionary dynamics in ways that deepen our understanding of the interplay between ecology and evolution. Specifically, we outline five major questions in the study of eco-evolutionary dynamics for which genomic data may provide answers. Although genomic data alone will not be sufficient to resolve these challenges, integrating genomic data can provide a more mechanistic understanding of the causes of phenotypic change, help elucidate the mechanisms driving eco-evolutionary dynamics, and lead to more accurate evolutionary predictions of eco-evolutionary dynamics in nature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9-15
Number of pages7
JournalNature Ecology and Evolution
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology


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