John N. Thompson, "The Assembly of Coevolving Interactions"

Apr 15, 2013 (Mon) | 4:00 PM -6:00 PM
393 Serra Mall, Herrin T-175 : Stanford, CA

We now know that coevolution among species is more relentless and proceeds at a faster pace than we once presumed. Coevolution can both amplify and dampen diversification of traits in interacting species, and it can shape networks of interacting species. The current challenge is to understand how coevolving interactions assemble and reassemble as interactions diversify across space and time in different environments. I will discuss results from several recent studies on the pace, dynamics, and assembly of coevolving interactions in the lab and in the field. The examples will include antagonistic interactions between microbes and mutualistic interactions between plants and pollinators. These studies highlight our growing appreciation of the relentlessness of evolution and coevolution driven by interactions among species.

Department:  Biology

Contact: Maria Magana-Lopez | 650-723-2413 | mmagana@stanford.edu

Presenter(s):

  • John Thompson UC Santa Cruz