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Theoretical Research in Evolutionary Life Sciences

TRÊS (Theoretical Research in Evolutionary Λife Sciences) develops theory in evolutionary ecology, the behavioural sciences and evolutionary systems biology. Current research projects focus on adaptive variation (animal personalities, phenotypic plasticity, genetic diversification), the causes and consequences of sexual reproduction (sex determination, sex allocation, sexual selection), evolutionary game theory (conflict and cooperation), cultural versus genetic evolution, the interaction of evolution and self-organization, the relationship between (molecular) mechanisms, adaptation and constraints, non-equilibrium processes in ecology and evolution, and dynamic community assembly theory. Most of these projects are based on a general theoretical question but also closely related to a specific empirical problem in the 'real world'. We try to develop mechanistic models whose predictions can be tested in the lab or in the field. To this end, we closely collaborate with empirical biologists from various departments. TRÊS is a cooperative assembly of the theoretical research units within the Groningen Institute for Evolutionary Life Sciences (GELIFES).

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Selected publications
  • Botero et al. (2015): Evolutionary tipping points in the capacity to adapt to environmental change. PNAS pdf
  • Merckx, Hendriks et al. (2015): Evolution of endemism on a young tropical mountain. Nature pdf
  • Moreno-Gamez et al. (2015): Imperfect drug penetration leads to spatial monotherapy and rapid evolution of multidrug resistance. PNAS pdf
  • Valente et al. (2015): Equilibrium and non-equilibrium dynamics simultaneously operate in the Galápagos islands. Ecology Letters pdf
  • Van den Berg et al. (2015): Human cooperation in groups: variation begets variation. Scientific Reports pdf
  • Van den Berg et al. (2015): Focus on the success of others leads to selfish behavior. PNAS pdf, supplement, press release, persbericht
  • Van den Berg & Weissing (2015): The importance of mechanisms for the evolution of cooperation PRSB pdf
  • Van Gestel et al. (2015): Bacteria use division of labor for efficient migration. PLoS Biology pdf
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