The evolutionary dynamics of invasions
The process of invasion imposes unusual evolutionary pressures on the vanguard population. These evolutionary pressures can change rates of dispersal and reproduction; the very traits determining the rate of spread. There is a growing number of field studies demonstrating rapid evolutionary shifts associated with invasion, but there are few replicated laboratory experiments. This project would look to create replicate invasions in the lab, using Daphnia as a model system, and observe the eco-evolutionary outcomes of invasion in a controlled laboratory setting.
Supervisor: Ben Phillips, Matt Hall (Monash)