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Landscape community genomics: understanding eco-evolutionary processes in complex environments
- Hand, Brian K., Lowe, Winsor H., Kovach, Ryan P., Muhlfeld, Clint C., Luikart, Gordon
- Trends in ecology & evolution 2015 v.30 no.3 pp. 161-168
- climate, evolution, genetic variation, landscapes, metagenomics
- Extrinsic factors influencing evolutionary processes are often categorically lumped into interactions that are environmentally (e.g., climate, landscape) or community-driven, with little consideration of the overlap or influence of one on the other. However, genomic variation is strongly influenced by complex and dynamic interactions between environmental and community effects. Failure to consider both effects on evolutionary dynamics simultaneously can lead to incomplete, spurious, or erroneous conclusions about the mechanisms driving genomic variation. We highlight the need for a landscape community genomics (LCG) framework to help to motivate and challenge scientists in diverse fields to consider a more holistic, interdisciplinary perspective on the genomic evolution of multi-species communities in complex environments.