This week we welcome Vincent Fugère.
Eco-evolutionary impacts of land use on freshwater communities
My work focuses on eco-evolutionary dynamics in human-altered environments, asking whether changes in intraspecific variation and contemporary evolution caused by anthropogenic stressors can influence population, community, and ecosystem-level processes. This talk will describe two projects in which we (tried to!) link human-induced phenotypic change to ecological processes. Both projects focus on aquatic communities impacted by land use intensification: the first project asks if stream invertebrates and fishes can adapt to watershed deforestation in an African biodiversity hotspot, while the second project tests the theory of ‘evolutionary rescue’ in pond mesocosms facing pesticide pollution.