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Evolution and Community Assembly Across Spatial Scales


The finding that adaptive evolution can often be substantial enough to alter ecological dynamics challenges traditional views of community ecology that ignore evolution. Here, we propose that evolution might commonly alter both local and regional processes of community assembly. We show how adaptation can substantially affect community assembly and that these effects depend on regional (metacommunity) factors, including environmental heterogeneity and its spatial structure. In particular, early colonists can often arrive from a nearby community, adapt to local conditions, and subsequently alter the establishment or abundance of late-arriving species, often producing an evolutionary priority effect. We also discuss how interaction type and relative rates of colonization, evolution, and community interactions determine divergent community outcomes. We describe new conceptual approaches that provide insights into these dynamics and statistical methods that can better evaluate their importance. Overall, we demonstrate that accounting for adaptation during community assembly opens up novel ways for making progress on fundamental questions in community ecology.
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hal-03994196 , version 1 (17-02-2023)



Mathew A. Leibold, Lynn Govaert, Nicolas Loeuille, Luc de Meester, Mark C. Urban. Evolution and Community Assembly Across Spatial Scales. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics, 2022, 53 (1), pp.299-326. ⟨10.1146/annurev-ecolsys-102220-024934⟩. ⟨hal-03994196⟩
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