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Evolutionary Ecology Research

Volume 15 (2013) No. 1 thru Volume 16 (2014) 1
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Issue: Volume 16(1)

Distinct snail (Physa) morphotypes from different habitats converge in shell shape and size under common garden conditions.
Kyle D. Gustafson, Bart J. Kensinger, Matthew G. Bolek & Barney Luttbeg — 2014(1) (
Keywords: geometric morphometrics, morphology, phenotypic plasticity, predation, water flow.

A predator-prey behavioural game: how does number of food patches influence foraging tactics?
Merav W. Katz, Zvika Abramsky, Burt P Kotler, Inbar Roth, Ofir Altestein & Michael L. Rosenzweig — 2014(1) (
Keywords: predator-prey behavioural games, optimal foraging, food patches, risk of predation, fear management.

Can foraging behaviour reveal the eco-evolutionary dynamics of habitat selection?
Douglas W. Morris — 2014(1) (
Keywords: adaptive landscape, evolutionarily stable strategy, fitness, foraging behaviour, habitat selection, harvest rate, meadow vole, patch residence time.

Bird-mediated selection on fruit display traits in Celtis ehrenbergiana (Cannabaceae).
Facundo Xavier Palacio, Mariela Lacoretz & Mariano Ordano — 2014(1) (
Keywords: co-evolution, maternal and offspring levels, mutualism, natural selection, phenotypic selection, plant-animal interactions, seed dispersal, selection gradients.

Sexual size dimorphism and the relationship between timing of breeding and size-assortative mating in a monogamous, marsh-nesting bird.
David A. Shealer — 2014(1) (
Keywords: assortative pairing, black tern, Chlidonias niger, mate choice, mate retention, morphometry, sexual dimorphism.

Sexual size dimorphism and the strength of sexual selection in mammals and birds.
Carl D. Soulsbury, Matti Kervinen & Christophe Lebigre — 2014(1) (
Keywords: lekking, mating system, monogamy, opportunity for sexual selection, polyandry, polygyny, sexual dimorphism.

Are recommendations for conservation informed by estimates of genetic divergence?
Heather R. Taft & Derek A. Roff — 2014(1) (
Keywords: conservation genetics, FST, genetic divergence, management recommendation, neutral markers, population genetics.

Issue: Volume 15(8)

Virulence evolution in a host-parasite system in the absence of viral evolution.
J. Brusini, Yi-lin Wang, L. F. Matos, L.-Sara Sylvestre, B. M. Bolker & Marta L. Wayne — 2013(8) (
Keywords: host–parasite co-evolution, Drosophila melanogaster, DMelSV, sigma virus, rhabdovirus, virulence evolution

The confusing transition into adulthood: time allocation to the life-history transition of aquatic larvae.
Amber Gigi Hoi, Simon P. W. Zappia, Conan C. Phelan & Bernard D. Roitberg — 2013(8) (
Keywords: age–size conflict, Anopheles, life history, metamorphosis, plasticity, metabolic energy

An association between floral sex allocation and floral longevity in a non-sequentially blooming ladybell.
Chang-Qiu Liu & Shuang-Quan Huang — 2013(8) (
Keywords: Adenophora jasionifolia, Campanulaceae, dichogamy, floral longevity, floral sex allocation, mating-environment hypothesis, pollen–ovule ratio, pollen removal and receipt

Understanding the concepts of community phylogenetics.
Charlotte Ndiribe, Nicolas Salamin & Antoine Guisan — 2013(8) (
Keywords: community assembly, community phylogenetics, niche conservatism, trait evolution

Patterns in the diversity of the world's land vertebrate genera.
Michael L. Rosenzweig, Vanessa Buzzard, John Donoghue II, Gavin Lehr, Natasha Mazumdar, Haley M Rasmussen, Irena Simova, Scott Trageser, Heather Wernett & Jingzi Xu — 2013(8) (
Keywords: global generic diversity, conservation biology, New Pangaea, World Wildlife Fund

Trophic niche divergence reduces survival in an omnivorous rodent.
Pei-Jen L. Shaner, Sheng-Hai Wu, Linhua Ke & Shuh-Ji Kao — 2013(8) (
Keywords: Apodemus semotus, trophic niche, stabilizing selection, stable isotopes

Validation of daily growth increments in otoliths to age threespine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus).
Frank A. von Hippel, Lauren C. Smayda, Christian E. Zimmerman & Michael A. Bell — 2013(8) (
Keywords: otolith, sagitta, daily growth increments, age determination

The evolution of sex differences in mate-attracting signaling.
Kenji Yoshida & Yoh Iwasa — 2013(8) (
Keywords: mate-attracting signal, sex role, elasticity, quantitative genetic dynamics

Issue: Volume 15(7)

Population- and sex-specific divergence in growth patterns between two ninespine stickleback (Pungitius pungitius L) populations.
Nurul Izza Ab Ghani, Anna Kuparinen, Tuomas Leinonen & Juha Merilä — 2013(7) (
Keywords: asymptotic length, common garden, growth rate, maturation, Pungitius pungitius, von Bertalanffy

Theory articles in EER and other ecology journals versus climate change research.
Ernesto Gianoli — 2013(7) (
Keywords: climate change, ecological literature, theory papers

Floral preference, flower constancy, and pollen transfer efficiency of the ruby-throated hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) in mixed arrays of Iris nelsonii and Iris fulva.
Noland H. Martin & Sunni J. Taylor — 2013(7) (
Keywords: pollinator isolation, floral isolation, mechanical isolation, ethological isolation, pollinator preference, homoploid hybrid speciation

Respect for property rights: when does it pay to defend territory?
Douglas W. Morris & Jody T. MacEachern — 2013(7) (
Keywords: co-existence, evolutionary game, habitat selection, ideal despotic distribution, ideal pre-emptive distribution, mixed strategies, territory

Greener on the other side of the fence: density-dependent habitat selection by a unicellular alga.
MaryJane M. Moses, Douglas W. Morris & Wensheng Qin — 2013(7) (
Keywords: algae, Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, density, dispersal, fitness, habitat choice, ideal free distribution, phototaxis, signal detection

Cope's Law of the Unspecialized, Cope's Rule, and weak directionality in evolution.
Pasquale Raia & Mikael Fortelius — 2013(7) (
Keywords: Cope’s Rule, Cope’s Law of the Unspecialized, weak directionality, body size, ecological specialization

Phenotypic plasticity of Thellungiella salsaginea in response to saline stress.
B.Q. Yao, C.M. Zhao, Jianming Deng, Huakun Zhou, X.Q. Zhao & J.Q. Li — 2013(7) (
Keywords: growing traits, phenotypic integration, phenotypic plasticity, physiological traits, population, Thellungiella salsaginea

Invasive Chromolaena odorata has similar size but higher phenolic concentration than native conspecifics.
Yulong Zheng, Yulong Feng, Zhiyong Liao, Weitao Li, Haifeng Xiao & Haozhi Sui — 2013(7) (
Keywords: Chromolaena odorata, common garden experiment, EICA hypothesis, evolution, genetic differentiation

Issue: Volume 15(6)
Geographic Variation in Behaviour
Edited by Caitlin R. Gabor, Andrea S. Aspbury & Rafael L. Rodríguez

Geographic variation in behaviour: an introduction.
Caitlin R. Gabor, Andrea S. Aspbury & Rafael L. Rodríguez 2013(6) (
Keywords: environmental variation, phenotypic plasticity, reproductive isolation, sexual selection, speciation

Geographic variation in acoustic communication: reproductive character displacement and speciation.
H. Carl Gerhardt 2013(6) (
Keywords: acoustic communication, auditory masking, cascades of speciation, geographical variation, sexual selection

Sexual selection paves the road to sexual isolation during ecological speciation.
R. Brian Langerhans & Amber M. Makowicz 2013(6) (
Keywords: adaptive radiation, mate recognition, mating behaviours, natural selection, predation, sexual selection, speciation

Geographic variation in male mate choice in a gynogenetic species complex: evaluating long-term data across mating contexts.
Caitlin R. Gabor, Laura Alberici da Barbiano & Andrea S. Aspbury 2013(6) (
Keywords: Poecilia formosa, Poecilia latipinna, reproductive isolation, speciation, temporal variation

Geographic variation in sexual signals and behaviour in two species of poison frogs.
Heike Pröhl, Beatriz Willink & Susanne Hauswaldt 2013(6) (
Keywords: acoustic signals, dendrobatid frogs, genetic divergence, natural selection, Oophaga, sexual selection, visual signals

Climate affects geographic variation in host-plant but not mating preferences of Timema cristinae stick-insect populations.
Patrik Nosil, Rüdiger Riesch & Moritz Muschick 2013(6) (
Keywords: climate, gene flow, genomic divergence, host-plant adaptation, reinforcement, speciation, temperature

Causes of variation in genotype × environment interaction.
Rafael Lucas Rodríguez 2013(6) (
Keywords: genotype × environment interaction, maintenance of variation

Evolutionary insights from behavioural geography: plasticity, evolution and responses to rapid environmental change.
Susan A. Foster 2013(6) (
Keywords: anthropogenic environmental change, behavioural phenotype, contemporary evolution, evolutionary mismatch, geographic variation, phenotypic plasticity

Issue: Volume 15(5)

Acclimation to daily thermal variability drives the metabolic performance curve.
Francisco Bozinovic, Tamara P. Catalan, Sergio A. Estay & Pablo Sabat — 2013(5) (
Keywords: fitness, global warming, physiological responses, thermal variability

Pleiotropic interactions involving virulence and replication rate in experimentally evolved vesicular stomatitis virus.
Lindsey W. McGee & Susanna K. Remold — 2013(5) (
Keywords: generalism, host range, oncolytic virus, specialism, vesicular stomatitis virus

Sexual selection on locomotor performance in the calanoid copepod Tigriopus californicus.
Roberto F. Nespolo, Rodrigo A. Scheihing & Paulina Artacho — 2013(5) (
Keywords: copepods, correlational selection, fitness, locomotor performance

The pattern of dioecy in terrestrial, temperate plant succession.
Jordan P. Sinclair, Jacob L. Korte & D. Carl Freeman — 2013(5) (
Keywords: dioecy, dispersal, inbreeding avoidance, plant mating systems, succession

Detecting a difference in reaction norms for size and time at maturation: pheromone strains of the European corn borer (Ostrinia nubilalis: Lepidoptera, Crambidae).
Helen Vellau, Ene Leppik, Brigitte Frerot & Toomas Tammaru — 2013(5) (
Keywords: Artemisia vulgaris, body size, evolution, growth rate, host race, insect, Ostrinia nubilalis, phenology, Zea mays

Deconstructing the signal: phylogenetic structure, elevation change, and the implications for species co-existence.
John N. Williams & Colleen K. Kelly — 2013(5) (
Keywords: environmental gradient, Mexico, nearest taxon index, net relatedness index, phylogenetic clustering, species-to-genus ratio, temporal niche dynamics, tropical dry forest

Viscous populations evolve altruistic programmed ageing in ability conflict in a changing environment.
Jiang-Nan Yang — 2013(5) (
Keywords: evolvability, genetic creativity, kin selection, longevity, population viscosity, senescence

Issue: Volume 15(4)

Contemporary evolution, allelic recycling, and adaptive radiation of the threespine stickleback.
Michael A. Bell & Windsor E. Aguirre — 2013(4) (
Keywords: evolutionary genomics, Gasterosteus aculeatus, introgression, invasive species, parallelism, recessive allele, threespine stickleback

Regressive evolution of the pelvic complex in stickleback fishes: a study of convergent evolution.
Tom Klepaker, Kjartan Østbye & Michael A. Bell — 2013(4) (
Keywords: convergent evolution, directional asymmetry, Gasterosteidae, pelvic reduction, regressive evolution, stickleback

Can ecotypic differences in male courtship behaviour be explained by visual cues provided by female threespine stickleback?
Lily C. Hughes, Susan A. Foster & John A. Baker — 2013(4) (
Keywords: allopatric differentiation, ecological speciation, male mate choice, parallel evolution, threespine stickleback

Correlates of red throat coloration in female stickleback and their potential evolutionary significance.
Lengxob Yong, Ruqing Guo, Daniel S. Wright, Samantha A. Mears, Michele Pierotti & Jeffrey S. McKinnon — 2013(4) (
Keywords: colour, condition dependence, female ornament, Gasterosteus aculeatus, natural selection, sexual selection, threespine stickleback

Genetic and plastic contributions to trait divergence between parapatric habitats: female life-history traits in threespine stickleback within the Misty Lake system.
John A. Baker, Katja Räsänen, Jean-Sébastien Moore & Andrew P. Hendry — 2013(4) (
Keywords: ecological speciation, gene flow, parapatry, plasticity, stickleback

Testing for local adaptation in the Gasterosteus–Gyrodactylus host-parasite system.
Nellie Konijnendijk, Joost A. M. Raeymaekers, Sandra Vandeuren, Lize Jacquemin & Filip A. M. Volckaert — 2013(4) (
Keywords: Gasterosteus aculeatus, Gyrodactylus gasterostei, host–parasite interactions, local adaptation, immune competence, stickleback

Issue: Volume 15(3)

The implications of pelvic reduction in threespine stickleback for long-term persistence of populations.
John A. Baker, Lauren A. Ackein, David C. Heins, Richard W. King & Susan A. Foster — 2013(3) (
Keywords: adaptive radiation, conservation, extinction, population fluctuation, stickleback

Are Japanese freshwater populations of threespine stickleback derived from the Pacific Ocean lineage?
Lara M. Cassidy, Mark Ravinet, Seiichi Mori & Jun Kitano — 2013(3) (
Keywords: adaptive radiation, microsatellites, phylogeography, stickleback

Hendry Vineyard stickleback: testing for contemporary lake-stream divergence.
Andrew P. Hendry, Aspen S. Hendry & Cedar A. Hendry — 2013(3) (
Keywords: adaptive radiation, constraint, contemporary evolution, diversification, local adaptation, natural selection, rapid evolution, stickleback

On Irish stickleback: morphological diversification in a secondary contact zone.
Mark Ravinet, Paulo A. Prodöhl & Chris Harrod — 2013(3) (
Keywords: ecomorphological divergence, non-parallelism, parallelism, secondary contact, stickleback

Natural selection and the adaptive radiation of Haida Gwaii stickleback.
Thomas E. Reimchen, Carolyn Bergstrom & Patrik Nosil — 2013(3) (
Keywords: body size, Canadian Galapagos, dystrophic lakes, morphological variability, predator–prey defences, Queen Charlotte Islands, stickleback

The potential additive and non-additive benefits of mate choice in the threespine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus).
Carl Smith & Rowena Spence — 2013(3) (
Keywords: additive genetic benefit, genetic compatibility, good genes, major histocompatibility complex, mating system, non-additive genetic benefit, olfactory cues, sexual selection, teleost, stickleback

anyFish: an open-source software to generate animated fish models for behavioural studies.
Thor Veen, Spencer J. Ingley, Rongfeng Cui, Jon Simpson, Mohammad Rahmani Asl, Ji Zhang, Trisha Butkowski, Wen Li, Chelsea Hash, Jerald B. Johnson, Wei Yan & Gil G. Rosenthal — 2013(3) (
Keywords: communication, computer animation, Gasterosteus, playback, stickleback, visual signals

Issue: Volume 15(2)

Stickleback research: the now and the next.
Andrew P. Hendry, Catherine L. Peichel, Blake Matthews, Janette W. Boughman & Patrik Nosil — 2013(2) (
Introduction to Stickleback Behaviour & Evolution: contributions from the Seventh International Conference

Sensory exploitation and indicator models may explain red pelvic spines in the brook stickleback, Culaea inconstans.
Andrew Hodgson, A. Ross Black & Ryan Hull — 2013(2) (
Keywords: brook stickleback, Culaea inconstans, prey selection, sensory bias, sensory exploitation, sexual selection

Female life-history traits in a species pair of threespine stickleback in Mud Lake, Alaska.
Anjali D. Karve, John A. Baker & Frank A. von Hippel — 2013(2) (
Keywords: anadromous, benthic, breeding females, clutch size, egg mass, reproductive effort, stickleback

Divergence in thyroid hormone levels between juveniles of marine and stream ecotypes of the threespine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus).
Jun Kitano & Sean C. Lema — 2013(2) (
Keywords: endocrine, phenotypic correlation, physiology, stickleback, trade-offs

Pelvic girdle reduction and asymmetry in threespine stickleback from Wallace Lake, Alaska.
Emily A. Lescak, Frank A. von Hippel, Richard R. Bernhardt & Michael A. Bell — 2013(2) (
Keywords: directional asymmetry, disruptive selection, fluctuating asymmetry, frequency-dependent selection, stickleback

No evidence that stickleback spines directly increase risk of predation by an invertebrate predator.
Kenyon B. Mobley, Rocio Colas Ruiz, Frank Johansson, Göran Englund & Folmer Bokma — 2013(2) (
Keywords: Aeshna, dragonfly larvae, Pungitius, morphological defence, predation, prey capture, stickleback

Spatial learning ability of the threespine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus) in relation to inferred ecology and ancestry.
Peter J. Park — 2013(2) (
Keywords: cognitive map use, ecotypic variation, forebrain, genetics, hippocampus, phenotypic plasticity, telencephalon

Issue: Volume 15(1)

Evolution of transmission mode in obligate symbionts.
Devin M. Drown, Peter C. Zee, Yaniv Brandvain & Michael J. Wade — 2013(1) (
Keywords: co-evolution, epistasis, horizontal transmission, linkage disequilibrium, vertical transmission

Intraspecific home range scaling: a case study from the owl limpet (Lottia gigantea).
Phillip B. Fenberg — 2013(1) (
Keywords: Allometry, ectothermic invertebrate, home range scaling, Lottia gigantea, size-selective harvesting

Mitochondrial phylogeography of the land snail Cornu aspersum: Tracing population history and the impact of human-mediated invasion in austral South America.
Juan Diego Gaitán-Espitia, Rodrigo Scheihing, Elie Poulin, Paulina Artacho & Roberto F. Nespolo — 2013(1) (
Keywords: agricultural pests, alien species, biogeography, bottlenecks, molluscs, multiple introductions

Is it just a coincidence that aposematic polymorphism and sex ratio distortion co-occur in a tropical butterfly?
Sami Saeed M. Hassan, Eihab Idris & Michael E. N. Majerus — 2013(1) (
Keywords: Danaus chrysippus, East Africa, hybrid zone, male-killing, polymerase chain reaction, Spiroplasma

Impact of marine-subsidized predators on lemming-plant oscillations.
Tarja Oksanen, Lauri Oksanen, Gunnar Söderbacka, Katrine Hoset, Lise Ruffino & Maria Tuomi — 2013(1) (
Keywords: arctic, herbivory, lemming, oscillations, population cycles, predation, tundra, vegetation

Evidence for adaptive sex allocation in Tamalia coweni (Hemiptera: Aphididae) in response to nutrient variability in Arctostaphylos patula.
George Colin Purdy & Donald G. Miller — 2013(1) (
Keywords: aphid, gall, nitrogen, parental investment, sex ratio, Trivers-Willard hypothesis

Reproductive character displacement by the evolution of female mate choice.
Ryo Yamaguchi & Yoh Iwasa — 2013(1) (
Keywords: extinction, heterospecific mating, pre-zygotic isolation, quantitative trait, reproductive character displacement, sexual selection