NCEAS Project 4263

Comparative study of adaptive radiation

  • Jonathan B. Losos

ActivityDatesFurther Information
Working Group26th—30th August 2001Participant List  
Graduate Student1st November—31st December 2001Participant List  
Working Group23rd—25th July 2002Participant List  
Working Group15th—18th January 2003Participant List  
Working Group24th—27th January 2006Participant List  

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Despite intensive study over the past half century, our conceptual understanding of adaptive radiation has advanced relatively little. A primary reason is that there has been no synthetic, integrative study of adaptive radiation across different evolutionary lineages. The result is that our database on adaptive radiation is composed of a hodgepodge of studies. Disparities among studies in approach, methodology, and organisms mean that each study is unique and that, as a result, testing general hypotheses, much less deriving new generalities, is difficult. This working group will bring together experts in ecology and evolutionary biology with different taxonomic specialties to develop appropriate methods to conduct a comparative study of adaptive radiation. Group members will gather data from both their own studies and from other studies on related taxa, thus amassing a large base of comparable data, allowing for the testing of general questions about adaptive radiation, as well as leading to the development of new approaches and questions. Members of current working groups focusing on related questions will be invited to participate in some of this working group's activities, leading to mutually beneficial advances and synthesis.

TypeProducts of NCEAS Research
Journal Article Gillespie, Rosie G. 2004. Community assembly through adaptive radiation in hawaiian spiders. Science. Vol: 303. Pages 356-359.
Journal Article Harmon, Luke J.; Schulte, James A.; Larson, Allan; Losos, Jonathan B. 2003. Tempo and mode of evolutionary radiation in Iguanian lizards. Science. Vol: 301. Pages 961-964.
Journal Article Harmon, Luke J.; Losos, Jonathan B.; Davies, T. Jonathan; Gillespie, Rosie G.; Gittleman, John L.; Jennings, W. Bryan; Kozak, Kenneth H.; McPeek, Mark A.; Moreno-Roark, Franck; Near, Thomas J.; Purvis, Andy; Ricklefs, Robert E.; Schluter, Dolph; Schulte, James A.; Seehausen, Ole; Sidlauskas, Brian L.; Weir, Jason; Mooers, Arne. 2010. Early bursts of body size and shape evolution are rare in comparative data. Vol: 64(8). Pages 2385-2396. (Online version)
Journal Article Webb, Campbell O.; Losos, Jonathan B.; Agrawal, Anurag A. 2006. Integrating phylogenies into community ecology. Ecology (Special Issue: Phylogenetic approaches to community ecology). Vol: 87(7). Pages S1-S2.