PHILLIPS Ben

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  • Spatial ecology and evolution laboratory, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
  • Adaptation, Evolutionary Applications, Evolutionary Dynamics, Evolutionary Ecology, Evolutionary Theory, Experimental Evolution, Life History
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PhD (University of Sydney, 2005) ARC Postdoc (2005-2006) Australian Postdoctoral Fellow (2006-2009) QEII Fellow (2010-2015) Senior Lecturer, University of Melbourne (2015-) ARC Future Fellow (2017-)

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2020-04-23
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How do invasion syndromes evolve? An experimental evolution approach using the ladybird Harmonia axyridis
Julien Foucaud, Ruth A. Hufbauer, Virginie Ravigné, Laure Olazcuaga, Anne Loiseau, Aurelien Ausset, Su Wang, Lian-Sheng Zang, Nicolas Lemenager, Ashraf Tayeh, Arthur Weyna, Pauline Gneux, Elise Bonnet, Vincent Dreuilhe, Bastien Poutout, Arnaud Estoup, Benoit Facon
10.1101/849968

Recommended by Inês Fragata and Ben Phillips based on reviews by 2 anonymous reviewers
Selection on a single trait does not recapitulate the evolution of life-history traits seen during an invasion

Biological invasions are natural experiments, and often show that evolution can affect dynamics in important ways [1-3]. While we often think of invasions as a conservation problem stemming from anthropogenic introductions [4,5], biological invasions are much more commonplace than this, including phenomena as diverse as natural range shifts, the spread of novel pathogens, and the growth of tumors. A major question across all these settings is which set of traits determine the ability of a popula...

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2019-10-22
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Geographic variation in adult and embryonic desiccation tolerance in a terrestrial-breeding frog
Rudin-Bitterli, T, Evans, J. P. and Mitchell, N. J.
10.1101/314351

Recommended by Ben Phillips based on reviews by Juan Diego Gaitan-Espitia, Jennifer Nicole Lohr and 1 anonymous reviewer
Tough as old boots: amphibians from drier habitats are more resistant to desiccation, but less flexible at exploiting wet conditions

Species everywhere are facing rapid climatic change, and we are increasingly asking whether populations will adapt, shift, or perish [1]. There is a growing realisation that, despite limited within-population genetic variation, many species exhibit substantial geographic variation in climate-relevant traits. This geographic variation might play an important role in facilitating adaptation to climate change [2,3].
Much of our understanding of geographic variation in climate-relevant traits com...

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2019-06-04
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Thermal regimes, but not mean temperatures, drive patterns of rapid climate adaptation at a continent-scale: evidence from the introduced European earwig across North America
Jean-Claude Tourneur, Joël Meunier
10.1101/550319

Recommended by Fabien Aubret based on reviews by Eric Gangloff and Ben Phillips
Temperature variance, rather than mean, drives adaptation to local climate

Climate change is impacting eco-systems worldwide and driving many populations to move, adapt or go extinct. It is increasingly appreciated, for example, that species may adjust their phenology in response to climate change, although empirical data is scarce. In this preprint [1], Tourneur and Meunier report an impressive sampling effort in which life-history traits were measured across introduced populations of earwig in North America. The authors examine whether variation in life-history acr...

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