Drivers of life history strategies

Short- or long-lived? Fast- or slow-growing? Semelparous or iteroparous? High- or low-quality/quantity offspring producer? Those are (some of) the questions… that have occupied evolutionary biologists working in natural settings for decades. What combinations of life history traits and emergent life history strategies are best suited to cope with current and projected environments?

maria paniw presents our recent paper on vulnerability of animal and plant species to climate change credit r salguero gomez

The SalGo Team has developed a series of frameworks to classify organisms (from bacteria to humans, to sequoias and everything in between) based on their life history strategies. From these, we are now exploring how the pace of life, continuum of senescence (below) and mode of reproduction allow species to deal with environmental stochasticity. We work together with big data researchers and climate scientists to draw global predictions on biodiversity change before various IPCC scenarios.

summary of robs talk at standford 2019 credit callie chappell

SalGo team members:

  • Aldo Compagnoni
  • Pol Capdevila
  • James Cant
  • Sam Gascoigne
  • John Jackson
  • Sam Levin
  • Roberto Rodriguez
  • Simon Rolph
  • Rob Salguero-Gómez
  • Ollie Spacey
  • Anna Vinton

Selected collaborators:

Selected publications:

Capdevila P, Beger M, Blomberg S, Hereu B, Linares C & Salguero-Gómez R. 2020. Longevity, body dimension and reproductive mode drive differences in aquatic versus terrestrial life history strategies. Functional Ecology 34, 1613-1625 DOI 10.1111/1365-2435.13604

Healy K, Ezard T, Jones O, Salguero-Gómez R* & Buckley Y*. 2019. Beyond the fast-slow continuum in animal life-histories. Nature Ecology & Evolution 3, 1217-1224 DOI: 10.1038/s41559-019-0938-7

Paniw M, Ozgul A, Salguero-Gómez R. 2018. Interactive life-history traits predict sensitivity of plants and animals to temporal autocorrelation. Ecology Letters 21, 275-286, DOI: 10.1111/ele.12892

Salguero-Gómez R. 2017. Applications of the fast-slow continuum & reproductive strategy framework of plant life histories. New Phytologist 4: 1618-1624 Tansley Early Career Medal finalistDOI: 10.1111/nph.14289

Salguero-Gómez R, Jones OR, Jongejans E, Blomberg S, Hodgson D, Mbeau Ache C, Zuidema PA, de Kroon H* & Buckley Y*. 2016. The fast-slow continuum and reproductive strategies structure plant life history variation worldwide. PNAS 113, 230-235. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1506215112


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