The importance of eco-evolutionary dynamics for predicting and managing insect range shifts

Maren Wellenreuther, Rachael Y Dudaniec, Anika Neu, Jean-Philippe Lessard, Jon Bridle, José A Carbonell, Sarah E Diamond, Katie E Marshall, Camille Parmesan, Michael C Singer, Janne Swaegers, Chris D Thomas, Lesley T Lancaster

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Evolutionary change impacts the rate at which insect pests, pollinators, or disease vectors expand or contract their geographic ranges. Although evolutionary changes, and their ecological feedbacks, strongly affect these risks and associated ecological and economic consequences, they are often underappreciated in management efforts. Greater rigor and scope in study design, coupled with innovative technologies and approaches, facilitates our understanding of the causes and consequences of eco-evolutionary dynamics in insect range shifts. Future efforts need to ensure that forecasts allow for demographic and evolutionary change and that management strategies will maximize (or minimize) the adaptive potential of range-shifting insects, with benefits for biodiversity and ecosystem services.

Original languageEnglish
Article number100939
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Opinion in Insect Science
Early online date25 Jun 2022
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2022

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