Evolutionary Ecology of Communication


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Funder's project number: 320438


Funds granted by main funder (€)

  • 658 849,00


Funding program

  • Research costs of Academy Professor, AoF (Academy of Finland)


Project timetable

Project start date: 01/01/2019

Project end date: 31/12/2021


Summary

From the simplest cells to the complex societies of bees or humans, life thrives on communication. Often, the fate of organisms hinges upon communicating with other species. For example, prey with defenses can evolve warning signals to prevent predators from attacking them. Although theory and data show how signals arise in simple interactions between few species, there are large gaps in our understanding of how communication evolves in the rich communities we find in nature. Even more strikingly, we have little theory and little data on how signaling between species affects the population dynamics of their communities. This proposal is dedicated to advancing our understanding of communication in communities that feature multiple trophic levels, differences in biodiversity, and indirect effects that propagate between species.


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