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Evolution on Ecological Timescales

Ecologically significant evolution, occurring over tens of generations or fewer, is now widely documented in nature. This finding counters the long-standing assumption that ecological and evolutionary processes occur on different time scales, and suggests new opportunities for integrative approaches to pressing questions in many fields of biology.

To further such approaches, along with colleagues Andrew Hendry, David Reznick, and Chuck Fox, we published an edited special feature in Functional Ecology (July 2007). The goals of this special feature were two-fold: to consider the factors that influence evolution on ecological timescales - phenotypic plasticity, maternal effects, sexual section, and gene flow - and to assess the consequences of such evolution - population persistence, speciation, community dynamics, and ecosystem function. Based on citation frequencies, the papers are generating interest.