A long lasting modeling work (begun as a Master student actually, though considerably modified since then) has just been published as an article in Nature Communications.
We study the impact of diversity on the possibility of evolutionary diversification (adaptive radiation) under different scenarios of ecological interactions. We find that diversification, if impossible starting at low diversity levels, can become quite possible if more diversity is brought into the system. This causes what is reminiscent of an Allee-effect, but for the dynamics of diversity.
See also http://www.cnrs.fr/inee/communication/breves/b287.html
Flora Aubrée obtained a PhD fellowship from UCA JEDI to pursue her thesis in evolutionary ecology in the lab. Well done!
Our latest results on the evolution of positive geotaxis in corn borers as a putative adaptation to the harvesting of corn by humans (see here for first article) have been published in Evolutionary Applications. We report that the Asian Corn Borer (the Eastern counterpart of the European Corn Borer, both having shifted to corn after its introduction into the two opposite ends of Eurasia) developed the same adaptive behavior, in an interesting instance of parallel evolution.
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Pr Diego Kuonen (University of Geneva) came to the lab three days to tell us about Data science and the “Big Data hype”, as he likes to say. Very interesting and thought provoking. Big computers cannot replace good stats, but combining the two is great.
The course will take place in Sophia Antipolis on September 14-16. We’ll start at 9:30am, room B124.
Congratulations to Clémentine, Mathilde and Mezen for finishing up their Master research projects. Take some rest now and enjoy the summertime!