Multimorph Eco-Evolutionary Dynamics in Structured Populations

Lion, S., Boots, M., & Sasaki, A. ORCID: (2022). Multimorph Eco-Evolutionary Dynamics in Structured Populations. The American Naturalist 000-000. 10.1086/720439. (In Press)

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Our understanding of the evolution of quantitative traits in nature is still limited by the challenge of including realistic trait distributions in the context of frequency-dependent selection and ecological feedbacks. We extend to class-structured populations a recently introduced “oligomorphic approximation,” which bridges the gap between adaptive dynamics and quantitative genetics approaches and allows for the joint description of the dynamics of ecological variables and of the moments of multimodal trait distributions. Our theoretical framework allows us to analyze the dynamics of populations composed of several morphs and structured into distinct classes (e.g., age, size, habitats, infection status, and species). We also introduce a new approximation to simplify the eco-evolutionary dynamics using reproductive values. We illustrate the effectiveness of this approach by applying it to the important conceptual case of two-habitat migration-selection models. In particular, we show that our approach allows us to predict both the long-term evolutionary end points and the short-term transient dynamics of the eco-evolutionary process, including fast evolution regimes. We discuss the theoretical and practical implications of our results and sketch perspectives for future work.

Item Type: Article
Research Programs: Advancing Systems Analysis (ASA)
Depositing User: Michaela Rossini
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2022 16:35
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2022 16:35

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