Evolution at the edge

Evolution and adaptation to different environments seem like straightforward processes. If you treat bacteria to a low dose of antibiotics, chances are they’re going to evolve resistance. But this process isn’t as simple as it seems: different factors determine whether or not those bacteria will develop resistance.

Our latest infographic deals with conditions when populations wouldn’t be able to evolve, and what this means for conservation (we’re not talking about antibiotic resistance today!). The paper in question is available open access over at Evolutionary ApplicationsLocal adaptation stops where ecological gradients steepen or are interrupted. Please enjoy it at your leisure.

We would also like to thank Chloé’s peer review group from the (first-ever!) ComSciCon-Canada for their comments on this infographic. The version you’re reading now is because of their input!

Infographic PDF version.


Want to know more about the inner workings of evolution? Check out our other posts on how genetic diversity is changed by the way organisms move, or other ways to use evolution for conservation.