Troost, T.A. 2006.
Evolution of community metabolism.
PhD-thesis, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam Nederlandse versie
Tineke Troost investigated the evolutionary behavior of biological
communities with use of mathematical models. In many modeling-studies,
evolutionary processes are ignored, or use is made of simplified
models that do not do justice to the biological or physiological
processes found in nature. Tineke puts more realism in these models by
basing them on the Dynamic Energy Budget theory for metabolic
processes. Evolutionary processes and outcomes of these models were
analyzed with Adaptive Dynamics theory, which accounts for the
interaction of the organisms with their environment. Results provided
insight in how evolution of communities is affected by various
realistic factors, such as a higher level of physiological detail, a
heterogeneous environment, body size scaling relationships, or
multiple traits that simultaneously evolve. Also, it is discussed how
these factors are interlinked, and how this affects the choices to be
made in modeling of evolutionary communities.