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Next-generation cophylogeny: unravelling eco-evolutionary processes

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Author Blasco-Costa Isabel, Hayward Alexander, Poulin Robert, Balbuena Juan A.,
Project Parasite radiations: Domino effect of host radiations?
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Trends in Ecology & Evolution
Volume (Issue) 36(10)
Page(s) 907 - 918
Title of proceedings Trends in Ecology & Evolution
DOI 10.1016/j.tree.2021.06.006

Open Access

Type of Open Access Publisher (Gold Open Access)


A fundamental question in evolutionary biology is how microevolutionary processes translate into species diversification. Cophylogeny provides an appropriate framework to address this for symbiotic associations, but historically has been primarily limited to unveiling patterns. We argue that it is essential to integrate advances from ecology and evolutionary biology into cophylogeny, to gain greater mechanistic insights and transform cophylogeny into a platform to advance understanding of interspecific interactions and diversification more widely. We discuss key directions, such as incorporating trait reconstruction and considering multiple scales of network organization, and highlight recent developments for implementation. A new quantitative framework is proposed to allow integration of relevant information, such as quantitative traits and assessment of the contribution of individual mechanisms to cophylogenetic patterns.