Evolution and the Environment

The second evolution symposium highlighted the interface between evolution and ecology. Six prominent scientists presented their work on evolution and the environment, including flowering and crop plants, effects of climate, ecological, and environmental change. To access information, presentations, and teaching resources from this symposium, go to the AIBS web site


Pamela Soltis, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

The Diversification of Flowering Plants: Key Innovations and Radiations

Anthony D. Barnosky, University of California, Berkeley, CA

The Role of Climatic Change in the Evolution of Mammals

Barbara Schaal and Kenneth Olsen, Washington University, St. Louis, MO

Evolution and Diversification in the Tropical Crop, Cassava

Andrew R. Blaustein, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

Amphibian Population Declines and Some Misconceptions about Natural Selection

Jonathan B. Losos, Washington University, St. Louis, MO

Ecological Change Drives Evolutionary Diversification: A Case Study with Carribean Lizards

Losos, J.B. 2007. Detective Work in the West Indies: Integrating Historical and Experimental Approaches to Study Island Lizard Evolution. BioScience Vol 57(7):585-597 (DOI: 10.1641/B570712)

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Stephen Palumbi, Stanford University, Pacific Grove, CA

When Humans Create Rapid Evolution by Changing the Environment


Presentations from AIBS

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