The great diversity of microorganisms, animals and plants that live on planet Earth are the result of millions of years of evolution. Understanding the different ecological and evolutionary processes and their interaction is key for understanding the origins of such biological diversity. An evolutionary perspective is also crucial for understanding the responses of organisms to environmental changes, as well as the to develop reliable predictive models of the possible effects of global change on biodiversity. In recent years there is growing evidence for rapid evolution of adaptive traits in response to global change, making it urgent to improve our understanding of these processes. However, despite the fundamental link between Ecology and Evolution, scientific studies integrating both disciplines are still infrequent.At CREAF we combine several approaches and methods to address these challenges using a wide range of organisms as models, from plants and small worms to birds and mammals, with particular emphasis on the evolution of life history traits and behavior.
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