20 Questions on Adaptive Dynamics

Waxman, D. and Gavrilets, S. (2005) 20 Questions on Adaptive Dynamics. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 18 (5). pp. 1139-1154. ISSN 1010-061X

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Abstract

Abstract Adaptive Dynamics is an approach to studying evolutionary change when fitness is density or frequency dependent. Modern papers identifying themselves as using this approach first appeared in the 1990s, and have greatly increased up to the present. However, because of the rather technical nature of many of the papers, the approach is not widely known or understood by evolutionary biologists. In this review we aim to remedy this situation by outlining the methodology and then examining its strengths and weaknesses. We carry this out by posing and answering 20 key questions on Adaptive Dynamics. We conclude that Adaptive Dynamics provides a set of useful approximations for studying various evolutionary questions. However, as with any approximate method, conclusions based on Adaptive Dynamics are valid only under some restrictions that we discuss.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Life Sciences > Biology and Environmental Science
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH0301 Biology
Depositing User: SRO Admin
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2007
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2017 20:48
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/754
Google Scholar:54 Citations

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