Evolutionary & Organismal Biology Unit,
Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research,
Jakkur P.O., Bangalore 560 064,
Amitabh Joshi, Evolutionary & Organismal Biology Unit, JNCASR, Bengaluru, elected to Fellowship in 2001. Joshi’s research interests include the evolution of life-histories; evolution of competitive ability and its consequences for population dynamics; small population and metapopulation dynamics and stability; the conceptual structure of evolutionary theory and the history and philosophical aspects of evolution and genetics. He has received the SS Bhatnagar Prize in Biology (2009) and the Young Leader in Science & Technology (Laksmipat Singhania National Leadership Awards) (2010).
Session 3C - Special Lecture
Experimental ecology and evolution in the laboratory
It is often believed the ecological and evolutionary timescales are very different and that it is difficult to study ecological and evolutionary processes together in a rigorous and controlled manner. However, as the experience of the last few decades shows, experimental ecology and evolution studies in laboratory settings provide us with the ability to rigorously examine such phenomena and test hypotheses about evolutionary and ecological mechanisms, and their interactions, in a manner that is not possible in the wild. In this talk, a few examples from work in the speaker’s laboratory over the past twenty years will be used to illustrate the power of this approach, and underscore the point that the evolutionary process is far more subtle and responsive to minor changes in ecology than is often thought to be the case.