The evolution of adaptive response mechanisms

Project Details


We aim to develop a comprehensive theory of the eco-evolutionary causes and consequences of the architecture underlying adaptive responses. In three parallel lines of investigation, we will study how architecture is shaped by selection, how evolved response strategies reflect the underlying architecture, and how these responses affect the eco-evolutionary dynamics and the capacity to adapt to novel conditions. All three lines have the potential of making ground-breaking contributions to eco-evolutionary theory, including: the specification of evolutionary tipping points; resolving the puzzle that real organisms evolve much faster than predicted by current theory; a new and general explanation for the evolutionary emergence of individual variation; and a framework for studying the evolution of learning and other general-purpose mechanisms. By making use of concepts from information theory and artificial intelligence, the project will also introduce various methodological innovations.
Short titleModelling adaptive response mechanisms
Effective start/end date01/12/201801/12/2023