The time is ripe for developing evolutionary biology into a more predictive science. Progress has been made in predicting short-term evolution under carefully controlled circumstances in prokaryotes. However, societal challenges such as climate change, environmental degradation and pesticide resistance require prediction of short-term evolutionary responses in complex multicellular eukaryotes. This project will bring together theoretical, empirical scientists as well as those working on digital and robotic evolution to explore avenues for predicting evolution from first principles.
The project will be executed by a team from the Astrid Groot group at the University of Amsterdam, the Arjen Visser lab at Wageningen University and the Pauline Hogeweg group, Utrecht University, all in the Netherlands. Principal investigators are Meike Wortel and Ken Kraaijeveld.