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This project uses computational methods to increase our understanding of evolutionary processes.

Lex Kraaijeveld is using computational methods to shed light on evolutionary processes in a way which is not feasible using actual living organisms. In one sub-project, the TIERRA virtual ecosystem is used to investigate host-parasite coevolution. Just like carbon-based organisms, TIERRAN hosts are suffering from parasites, and just like in carbon-based organisms, host resistance and parasite counter-resistance evolves. In another sub-project, in a collaboration between Lex Kraaijeveld and Richard Watson (ECS), and funded by an EPSRC, ICSS-hosted PhD-studentship, the effect of temporal and spatial variation in fitness landscapes on the evolution of complex traits is investigated.

Funding: EPSRC (ICSS)

Supervisors

Lex Kraaijeveld and Richard Watson (ECS)

Related research groups

Environmental Biosciences

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