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Evolution of predator-prey interactions

 Pred-prey team

Antagonistic interactions between predators and prey are powerful evolutionary forces. Relationships between predators and prey offer classic ways of exploring adaptive evolution. Study of anti-predator traits and how predators can change ecological conditions that influence prey are questions that require integrating study of behavior, ecology, genetics, and other disciplines to understand fully the evolutionary picture. We study how the multidimensional nature of predator-prey relationships influence coevolutionary dynamics between antagonists. We are also interested in the conditions that facilitate alternative evolutionary outcomes such as polymorphism.

We are part of the Centre of Excellence in Biological Interactions, appointed by the Academy of Finland for the years 2012-2017. The new CoE is lead by Johanna Mappes, Liselotte Sundström, Jaana Bamford and Hanna Kokko.

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(Top photo: predator-prey team celebrating Janne's defense in front of the Survo manor in Jyväskylä, 2014)

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