[S23] Rapid evolution revisited

Times are changing, and our studies in evolutionary biology must change along with it. Many studies now demonstrate that natural populations can evolve at ecological timescales (i.e. across a few generations), which is particularly evident in adaptation to environmental change. At the same time, some of the best model systems to study evolution in action have demonstrated that predicting the magnitude and direction of evolution from estimates of selection is less than straightforward. The increased availability of genomic and long-term data in non-model organisms, and novel advances in statistical and technological methods, can provide new solutions to this puzzle. These advances acknowledge that our ability to predict evolution in natural populations can be improved by considering determinants of the whole phenotype (from genetic and plastic to transgenerational and epigenetic effects), and also eco-evolutionary feedback processes. Yet in many systems these novel frameworks and tools remain under-used. The goal of this symposium is to synthesize these into a more integrative framework for the study of evolution in nature; a timely topic given the pressing challenge of predicting responses to global environmental change.
Organizers: Swanne Gordon, Andres Lopez-Sepulcre, Katja Räsänen
Invited speakers: Loeske Kruuk, Kimberly Hughes