Evolution in spatial predator - prey models and the "prudent predator": The inadequacy of steady-state organism fitness and the concept of individual and group selection

C. Goodnight, E. Rauch, H. Sayama, M. A.M. De Aguiar, M. Baranger, Y. Bar-Yam*

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We review recent research which reveals: (1) how spatially distributed populations avoid overexploiting resources due to the local extinction of over-exploitative variants, and (2) how the conventional understanding of evolutionary processes is violated by spatial populations so that basic concepts, including fitness assignment to individual organisms, are not applicable, and even kin and group selection are unable to describe the mechanism by which exploitative behavior is bounded. To understand these evolutionary processes, a broader view is needed of the properties of multiscale spatiotemporal patterns in organism-environment interactions. We discuss measures that quantify the effects of these interactions on the evolution of a population, including multigenerational fitness and the heritability of the environment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-44
Number of pages22
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Altruism
  • Evolution
  • Group selection
  • Multilevel selection
  • Spatial models

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General
  • General Computer Science

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