Journal article

Evolution transforms pushed waves into pulled waves

Philip Erm, Ben Phillips

Published : 2018


Understanding the dynamics of biological invasions is crucial for managing numerous phenomena, from invasive species to tumours. While Allee effects (where individuals in low-density populations suffer lowered fitness) are known to influence both the ecological and evolutionary dynamics of invasions, the possibility that an invader’s susceptibility to the Allee effect might itself evolve on an invasion front has received almost no attention. Since invasion fronts are regions of perpetually low population density, selection should favour vanguard invaders that are resistant to Allee effects. Evolution in response to this pressure could cause invasions to transition from pushed waves, propelle..

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