Hot Topics: Applied Evolution in Managed Systems (NR 993)

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2019

Human efforts to manage populations or ecosystems are often met with evolutionary changes that emerge as a direct response to selective forces that we impose. Examples include the evolution of antibiotic, chemical, or defense gene resistance, changes in virulence of human or agricultural pests or pathogens, altered life history attributes of harvested and/or weedy populations, and many more. Strategies for local and landscape scale management of evolutionary trajectories as well as more direct manipulation of evolutionary processes are becoming increasingly sophisticated. An understanding of this fascinating and nuanced topic is a key facet of any ecologist’s or natural resource manager’s toolbox.

Join us for a graduate-level, discussion-based exploration of the primary literature around this important and rapidly-changing field.