• Hiltunen, T., J. Cairns, J. Frickel, M. Jalasvuori, J. Laakso, V. Kaitala, S. Künzel, E. Karakoc, and L. Becks. 2018. Dual-stressor selection alters eco-evolutionary dynamics in experimental communities. Nature Ecology and Evolution. (see also Behind the paper:
  • Horas, E., L. Theodosiou, and L. Becks. 2018. Why Are Algal Viruses Not Always Successful? Viruses 10, 474; doi:10.3390/v10090474
  • Frickel, J., Feulner, G.D., Karakoc, E.  & L. Becks, 2018. Population size changes and selection drive patterns of parallel evolution in a host–virus system. Nature Communications, 1706. doi:10.1038/s41467-018-03990-7


  • Huang et al., Traulsen, A., Werner, B., Hiltunen, T. & L. Becks. 2017. Dynamical trade-offs arise from antagonistic coevolution and decrease intraspecific diversity. Nature Communications, 2059. doi:10.1038/s41467-017-01957-8
  • Frickel, J., Theodosiou, L.. & L. Becks, 2017. Rapid evolution of hosts begets species diversity at the cost of intraspecific diversity. PNAS, 114, 11193-11198.*
  • Hiltunen, T., Kaitala, V., Laakso, J. & L. Becks, 2017. Evolutionary contribution to coexistence of competitors in microbial food webs. Proc R. Soc. B. 284, 20170415. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2017.0415
  • Ehrlich, E., Becks, L. & U. Gaedke, 2017, Trait-fitness relationships determine how trade-off shapes affect species coexistence.  Ecology 98, 3188-3198.
  • Cairns, J.,  Frickel, J., Jalasvuori, M., Hiltunen, T. & L. Becks, 2017. Genomic evolution of bacterial populations under co-selection by antibiotics and phage. Molecular Ecology. 26, 1848-1859. doi: 10.1111/mec.13950
  • Koch, H. & L. Becks. 2017. The cost of facultative sex in a prey adapting to predation. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 30, 210-220.* doi: 10.1111/jeb.12987
  • Cairns, J., Becks, L., Jalasvuori, M. & T. Hiltunen, 2017. Sublethal streptomycin concentrations and lytic bacteriophage interactively promote resistance evolution. Philosophical Transactions B. 372, 20160040. doi: 10.1098/rstb.2016.0040


  • Haafke, J., Abou Chakra, M. & L. Becks, 2016. Eco-evolutionary feedback promotes Red Queen dynamics and selects for sex in predator populations. Evolution, 70, 641-652 DOI: 10.1111/evo.12885
  • Frickel, J., Sieber, M. & L. Becks, 2016. Eco-evolutionary dynamics in a coevolving host-virus system. Ecology Letters, 19, 450-459. DOI: 10.1111/ele.12580


  • Koch, H., Jeschke, A. & L. Becks, 2015. Use of ddPCR in experimental evolution studies. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. 7, 340-351. DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.12467
  • Hiltunen, T. Ayan, G. & L. Becks. 2015. Environmental fluctuations restrict eco-evolutionary dynamics in predator-prey system. Proc R. Soc. B. 282.
  • Becks, L. & Y. Alavi, 2015. Using microevolution to explain the macroevolutionary observations for the evolution of sex. In: Macroevolution: Explanation, Interpretation and Evidence, Volume 2, 279-299


  • Hiltunen, T. & L. Becks, 2014. Consumer co-evolution as an important component of the eco-evolutionary feedback. Nature Communications. 5, doi:10.1038/ncomms6226
  • Koch, H., Frickel, J., Valiadi, M. & L. Becks, 2014. Why rapid, adaptive evolution matters for community dynamics. Front. Ecol. Evol. 2, 17. doi: 10.3389/fevo.2014.00017/

before 2014

  • Becks, L. & A.F. Agrawal, 2013. Higher rates of sex evolve under K-selection, Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 26, 900-905, doi: 10.1111/jeb.12110
  • Becks, L. & H. Arndt, 2013. Different types of synchrony in chaotic and cyclic communities. Nature Communications. 4, doi:10.1038/ncomms2355
  • Becks, L. & A.F. Agrawal, 2012. The evolution of sex is favoured during adaptation to new environments. PLoS Biology, doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1001317  See also Primer by Denis Roze, doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1001321
  • Becks, L., S.P. Ellner, Jones, L. E. & N.G. Hairston Jr., 2012. The functional genomics of an eco-evolutionary feedback loop: linking gene expression, trait evolution, and community dynamics. Ecology Letters. 15, 492-501.**
  • Becks, L. & A.F. Agrawal, 2011. The effect of sex on the mean and variance of fitness in facultatively sexual rotifers. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 24, 656-664.
  • Ellner, S.P. & L. Becks, 2011. Rapid prey evolution in response to two predators. Theoretical Ecology. 4, 133-15.
  • Becks, L. & A.F. Agrawal, 2010. Higher rates of sex evolve in spatially heterogeneous environments. Nature. 468, 89-92.*
  • Becks, L., S.P. Ellner, Jones, L. E. & N.G. Hairston Jr. 2010. Reduction of adaptive genetic diversity radically alters eco-evolutionary community dynamics. Ecology Letters. 13, 989–997.*
  • Jones, L. E., Becks, L., Ellner, S.P., Hairston Jr. N.G., Yoshida,T. & G. Fussmann. 2009. Rapid contemporary evolution and clonal food web dynamics. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B. 364, 1579-1591. DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2009.0004
  • Becks, L. & H. Arndt. 2008. Transitions from stable equilibria to chaos, and back, in an experimental food web. Ecology. 89, 3222-3226.
  • Becks, L., Hilker, F., Malchow. H., Jürgens, K. & H. Arndt. 2005. Experimental demonstration of chaos in a microbial food web. Nature. 435, 1226-1229. *

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