The logic of the eco evolutionary dynamics movement and the resulting research program is as follows first many studies have shown that ecological change affects evolution indeed natural selection is where ecology and evolution meet and observations of this process are observations of evolution in action second evolution can be . In recent years scientists have realized that evolution can occur on timescales much shorter than the long lapse of ages emphasized by darwin in fact evolutionary change is occurring all around us all the time this book provides an authoritative and accessible introduction to eco evolutionary dynamics a cutting edge new field that seeks to unify evolution and ecology into a common . Work on eco evolutionary dynamics is ongoing in several natural and laboratory systems figure 1 the specific goal of this theme issue was to bring together ecologists and evolutionary biologists from diverse backgrounds to jointly explore eco evolutionary dynamics. Does any such evolution influence ecological variables population dynamics community composition ecosystem function on similar time scale these potential interactions between ecology and evolution as shown in the figure represent the growing field of eco evolutionary dynamics. This special feature about eco evolutionary dynamics brings together biologists from empirical and theoretical backgrounds to bridge the gap between ecology and evolution and provide a series of
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