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Annals of Botany Lecture

Pigliucci, Massimo [1].

Lost in Phenotypic Space: Why Do Living Organisms Look the Way They Do?

WHY do living organisms look the way they do, and not in some other way? This is perhaps one of the broadest, and most important, questions in the biological sciences. Of course, put that way it is too broad to actually be meaningfully answered, but the question itself can provide a rich source of inspiration for empirical research and theoretical analyses alike, as I shall endeavour to suggest in this lecture. While the outlines of an answer have been worked upon ever since Darwin, some recent conceptual and technical advances are beginning to make it possible for us to think in novel, hopefully productive, directions about the causes and patterns of phenotypic evolution.


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Related Links:
Pigliucci's Evolutionary Ecology Lab at SUNY-Stony Brook


1 - State University of New York, Ecology & Evolution, 650 Life Science Bldg., Circle Rd., Stony Brook, New York, 11794, USA

Keywords:
phenotypic plasticity
phenotypic space
genetic architecture.

Presentation Type: Special Presentation
Session: TBA
Location: 108/Tehama
Date: Tuesday, August 1st, 2006
Time: 2:00 PM
Abstract ID:305


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