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In this episode, Zach Wood talks with us about his new paper Wood et al. 2022: ‘Drivers and Cascading Ecological Consequences of Gambusia affinis Trait Variation.’ We dive into the weird world of human-created pond ecosystems and how these ponds afford a unique opportunity to study rapid contemporary eco-evolutionary dynamics in predator-prey interactions. We also discuss the challenges of dissecting all the possible causes of trait variation in the wild and explore other ecological and genetic contexts that might affect varying patterns of anti-predator evolution among mosquitofish ponds. Listen to our conversation and then read Zach’s full paper here: https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/10.1086/717866.
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Featured Guest: Dr. Zach Wood, University of Maine
Host, Editor, Producer: Sarah McPeek, University of Virginia, US
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