At CREAF we want to know how biodiversity is generated and maintained in ecosystems.
Population dinamics and geneticsDifferent populations of the same species can be quite or very little interconnected. This flow of individuals between populations (as well as the genes which individuals carry) often have consequences on the species’ capacity for adaptation to environmental change and on the total biodiversity of the ecosystem.
Studies of genetics and dynamics of populations attempt to relate genetic diversity of species with their capacity for adaptive response. This aids in understanding, for example, how evolutionary diversification proceeded, or the biogeographical patterns and the demographic parameters which affect the territorial distribution of species.