In the “Adaptation to Complex Environments” group we focus on investigating how interactions between species shape the evolutionary trajectory and stability of systems with two or more levels of biological interactions.
Our goals are two-fold: 1) to understand how the presence of different types of ecological interactions affect the evolutionary dynamics of organisms within a complex system and 2) how this evolution in turn shapes the interactions between organisms, affecting the stability and resilience of the system. For that we will use a combination of tools, such as experimental evolution, theoretical modelling, phenotypic assays, and genomic analyses.
Berdan, E.L., Blanckaert, A., Slotte, T., Suh, A., Westram, A.M. & Fragata, I. (2021) Unboxing mutations: Connecting mutation types with evolutionary consequences.Molecular Ecology, 30(12), 2710-2723. DOI:10.1111/mec.15936 (IF2021 6,622; Q1 Ecology)
Matos, M., Simões, P., Fragata, I., Quina, A.S., Kristensen, T.N. & Santos, M. (2021) Editorial: coping with climate change: a genomic perspective on thermal adaptation.Frontiers in Genetics, 11, 619441. DOI:10.3389/fgene.2020.619441 (IF2021 4,772; Q2 Genetics and Heredity)
Cote-Hammarlof, P.A., Fragata, I., Flynn, J., Mavor, D., Zeldovich, K.B., Bank, C. & Bolon, D.N.A. (2020) The adaptive potential of the middle domain of yeast Hsp90.Molecular Biology and Evolution, 38(2), 368-379. DOI:10.1093/molbev/msaa211 (IF2020 16,240; Q1 Evolutionary Biology)