The evolution of life is inextricably linked to the evolution of Earth surface morphology (geomorphology), yet feedbacks between these two “evolutions” and the consequences of coupling between them are still poorly understood. Biological organisms undergo adaptive evolutionary changes by natural selection, coupled with landscape evolution, which follows an entirely different set of laws (although the same word ‘evolution’ is used). The coupling between landscape evolution and biological evolution occurs over a wide spectrum of temporal and spatial scales and in almost all ecosystems. I am developing this line of research to understand the evolutionary consequences of landscape self-organizing, with self-organized Big Cypress landscape (in South Florida) as a case study. The theoretical question of interest is: how do individual-level evolutionary responses, coupled with landscape change, propagate across levels of organization to influence regularity and resilience of ecosystems in a spectrum of systems?
Evolutionary feedbacks in self-organized biogeomorphic landscapes