Plenary Session: Predicting evolution in marine microbes

Dr Sinead Collins

Institute of Evolutionary Biology, University of Edinburgh

How will marine microbes evolve in response environmental change? What information about extant populations and their environments can we use to predict how evolution could change primary production in the ocean (or lakes, or puddles, or even test tubes)? I will pull together microbial evolution experiments that deal with the roles of environmental predictability and variation, multiple drivers or environmental complexity, and phenotypic plasticity to map out where we are, and discuss where we need to go next to get to the point of predicting evolutionary change.