About the research at CEES
Understanding how living organisms respond and adapt to environmental changes remains a major and urgent scientific challenge.
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.
A broad spectrum of disciplines
The Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis (CEES) combines a broad spectrum of disciplines – such as population biology, statistical and mathematical modelling, and genomics – to foster the concept of ecology as a driving force of evolution via selective processes, with a corresponding influence of evolutionary changes on ecology.