About the research at CEES
Ecological and evolutionary processes are inescapably intertwined. Environmental changes affect the ecology of species causing novel selection pressures to which the species respond in an evolutionary context. The influence of human activity on earth has accelerated since the industrial revolution, and today anthropogenic impacts on the biota are of great concern to politicians, academics, and the general public alike. In order to discern how such distortion of the environment may affect future flora and fauna, we need greater awareness of how ecology determines the course of evolution which, in turn, determines future ecological dynamics.
Understanding how living organisms respond and adapt to environmental changes remains a major and urgent scientific challenge.
Organisation of the research
The research within the CEES is structured into three interlinked Themes, and faculty members, researchers, postdocs and graduate students participate in one or more of them.
- Theme 1: The role of population structuring in adaptive evolution
- Theme 2: The potential for adaptation
- Theme 3: The evolution of reproductive isolation