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Tyto alba
Gerbils beware!
A full moon and skillful predators such as the barn owl
threaten common prey items
such as small rodents

The abstracts of
eight recent issues
Evolutionary Ecology Research

Volume 17 (4) July, 2016
thru Volume 18 (5) September, 2017
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Volume 18, September 2017

The ecology of non-ecological diversification: how nonsexual selection affects within-environment diversification via sexual conflict.
Devin Arbuthnott — 2017(5) (
Keywords: mutation-order speciation, natural selection, sexually antagonistic co-evolution, sexual selection.

Dioecy as a specialization promoting sperm delivery — a correction.
Priya Iyer & Joan Roughgarden — 2017(5) (
Keywords: CORRECTION; broadcast spawning, dioecy, evolution of sexes, fertilization behaviour, hermaphrodism, internal fertilization.

Developmental order of a secondary sexual trait reflects gonadal development in male sheepshead minnows Cyprinodon variegatus.
Who-Seung Lee, Marc Mangel & Stephan B. Munch — 2017(5) (
Keywords: development, gonads, secondary sexual trait, sexual colour.

Evolution of reproductive effort in mud turtles (Kinosternidae); The role of environmental predictability.
Rodrigo Macip-Ríos, Rebeca N. Ontiveros, Anahí T. Sánchez-León & G. Casas-Andreu — 2017(5) (
Keywords: clutch size, egg size, phylogenetic comparative methods, relative clutch mass, temporal environmental variation.

Stress as an adaptation I: Stress hormones are correlated with optimal foraging behavior of gerbils under the risk of predation.
Justin R. St. Juliana, Burt P. Kotler, Nadja Wielebnowski & Jonathan G. Cox — 2017(5) (
Keywords: desert rodents, faecal glucocorticoids, gerbils, moon phase, optimal foraging, predation risk, quitting harvest rate.

Stress as an adaptation II: Does experimental cortisol supplementation affect predation risk assessment in foraging gerbils?
Franklin Sargunaraj, Burt P. Kotler, Justin R. St. Juliana & Nadja Wielebnowski — 2017(5) (kotler@
Keywords: cortisol, foraging behaviour, Gerbillus andersoni allenbyi, giving-up densities, glucocorticoids, microhabitat, moon phase, predation risk, quitting harvest rates, stress.

Predators detect the welfare of their potential prey and cull poor ones.
A. S. Severtsov, M. L. Rosenzweig & A. V. Shubkina — 2017(5) (
Keywords: adipose capsule, antelope, bacterial odour, brown hare, hunting dogs, predator discrimination, predator efficiency, prey fitness, sighthounds, subcutaneous scars.

Diversity and abundance of bacteria in surface seawater of the Changjiang Estuary and its adjacent areas.
Shuai-Bing Wang, Jian-Xin Wang, Xiao-Hui Liu, Ying-Ping Fan, Ran Jiang, Ming-Hua Liu, Xue-Zhu Liu & Dong-Mei Wu — 2017(5) (
S-B Wang & J-X Wang contributed equally to this study and share first authorship.
Keywords: bacterioplankton, biomass, Changjiang Estuary, diversity, environmental variables, redundancy analysis.

A survey of computational methods for fossil data analysis.
Indrė Žliobaitė, Kai Puolamäki, Jussi T. Eronen & Mikael Fortelius — 2017(5) (
Keywords: bacterioplankton, biomass, Changjiang Estuary, diversity, environmental variables, redundancy analysis.

Volume 18, July 2017

Sibling diversity gives sexual reproduction the advantage in a changing environment.
Makoto Douge & Yoh Iwasa — 2017(4) (
Keywords: heterogeneous environment, sib-competition, two-fold cost of sex.

Ambient temperature and host specialization driving mitochondrial genome evolution in fruit flies of the genus Bactrocera (Diptera: Tephritidae).
Hichem Ben Slimen, A. Awadi & M. Makni — 2017(4) (
Keywords: Bactrocera, environmental adaptation, host specialization, mtDNA, positive selection.

Water flows shape lateral line morphology in an arid zone freshwater fish.
Jennifer L. Kelley, Pauline F. Grierson, Peter M. Davies & Shaun P. Collin — 2017(4) (
Keywords: climate change, contemporary evolution, phenotypic plasticity, sensory adaptation.

Pollinator isolation in Louisiana iris: legitimacy and pollen transfer.
Joshua P. Shaw, Sunni J. Taylor, Mary C. Dobson & Noland H. Martin — 2017(4) (
Keywords: bumblebee pollination, hummingbird pollination, hybridization, mechanical isolation, pollen transfer, pollinator isolation, pre-zygotic isolation, reproductive isolation.

Light limitation reduces tolerance to leaf damage in Datura stramonium.
Alejandro Cisneros-Silva, Guillermo Castillo, Mariana Chávez-Pesqueira, Rafael Bello-Bedoy, Iván D. Camargo & Juan Núñez-Farfán — 2017(4) (
Keywords: index of tolerance, leaf damage, light limitation, Solanaceae, tolerance mechanisms.

Jacks and Jills: Alternative life history phenotypes and skewed sex ratio in anadromous threespine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus).
Jennifer L. Rollins, Paul Chiang, Jason N. Waite, Frank A. von Hippel & Michael A. Bell — 2017(4) (
Keywords: alternative life-history strategies, body size, frequency-dependent selection, otolith, prey abundance.

Body streamlining is related to higher growth rates in Bahamian mosquitofish.
M. S. Araújo, C. A. Layman & R. B. Langerhans — 2017(4) (
Keywords: ecomorphology, geometric morphometrics, livebearing fishes, Poeciliidae, RNA : DNA ratios.

The evolution of host defence when parasites impact reproduction.
Alex Best, Andy White, &Amp; Mike Boots — 2017(4) (
Keywords: adaptive dynamics, evolution, host–parasite, sterility.

Volume 18, May 2017

Bovid locomotor functional trait distributions reflect land cover and annual precipitation in sub-Saharan Africa.
W. Andrew Barr — 2017(3) (
Keywords: Bovidae, ecometrics, ecomorphology, functional traits.

The effect of food availability on phenotypic plasticity and phenotypic integration in the hylid frog Hypsiboas pulchellus.
Magdalena Carabio, Gabriel Perazza, Fernando Larrañaga & Daniel E. Naya — 2017(3) (
Keywords: competition, food availability, larvae, path analysis, phenotypic integration, phenotypic plasticity, tadpoles.

Dynamic thermal reaction norms and body size oscillations challenge explanations of the temperature-size rule.
John P. DeLong, Chad E. Brassil, Emma K. Erickson, Valery E. Forbes, Etsuko N. Moriyama & Wayne R. Riekhof — 2017(3) (
Keywords: body size evolution, climate change, MASROS, protist, supply–demand model, temperature–size rule, thermal asymmetry.

Weaver ants shift nest location in response to the selective pressures of habitat disturbance and torrential rain in Sri Lanka.
Leonard A. Freed & Dulan R. Vidanapathirana — 2017(3) (
Keywords: habitat disturbance, switch in nest sites, torrential rain, weaver ants.

Evolution of density-dependent wing polymorphism in insects.
Takahiro Kamioka & Yoh Iwasa — 2017(3) (
Keywords: density-dependent dispersal, environmental fluctuation, growth of insects, resource dynamics, wing polymorphism.

The evolution of correlations between behavioural and morphological defence in Alaskan threespine stickleback fish (Gasterosteus aculeatus): evidence for trait compensation and co-specialization.
Craig A. Marshall & Matthew A. Wund — 2017(3) (
Keywords: anti-predator, behaviour, compensation, co-specialization, morphology, threespine stickleback.

Experimental assessment of winter conditions on turtle nesting behavior.
Timothy S. Mitchell, Jeanine M. Refsnider, Arun Sethuraman, Daniel A. Warner & Fredric. J. Janzen — 2017(3) (
Keywords: hibernation, maternal effects, nest depth, nest-site choice, phenology.

Exploring hypotheses for sexual size dimorphism in frigatebirds.
Sarah A. Trefry & Antony W. Diamond — 2017(3) (
Keywords: aerial agility hypothesis, Fregata magnificens, frigatebird, intersexual competition hypothesis, resource division, selection gradients, sexual size dimorphism.

Volume 18, January & March 2017

Evolutionary Macroecology  

Edited by Pasquale Raia & Mikael Fortelius

Introduction to Evolutionary Macroecology
Pasquale Raia & Mikael Fortelius (

The many shapes of diversity: Ecological and evolutionary determinants of biodiversity through time.
S. Castiglione, A. Mondanaro, F. Carotenuto, F. Passaro, Mikael Fortelius & Pasquale Raia (
Keywords: adaptive radiation, diversification rate, diversity-dependence, diversity trend, key innovation.

Hypsodonty, horses, and the spread of C4 grasses during the middle Miocene in southern California.
Robert S. Feranec & Darrin C. Pagnac (
Keywords: C3 plants, C4 plants, Equidae, grasslands, hypsodonty, Miocene, stable isotope.

Climate change, human overkill and the extinction of megafauna: a macroecological approach based on pattern-oriented modeling.
Matheus S. Lima-Ribeiro & José Alexandre F. Diniz-Filho (
Keywords: ecological niche model, Late Quaternary extinctions, Megatherium, overkill hypothesis, population modelling, predator–prey dynamics, South America

Macroevolutionary patterns in cranial and lower jaw shape of ceratopsian dinosaurs (Dinosauria, Ornithischia): phylogeny, morphological integration and evolutionary rates.
Leonardo Maiorino, Andrew A. Farke, Tassos Kotsakis & Paolo Piras ( )
Keywords: Ceratopsia, evolutionary rates, geometric morphometrics, lower jaw, morphological integration, skull, angiosperms.

Clade sorting has a greater effect than local adaptation on ecometric patterns in Carnivora.
P. David Polly, Jesualdo Fuentes-Gonzalez, A. Michelle Lawing, Allison K. Bormet & Robert G. Dundas (
Keywords: clade sorting, ecometrics, functional traits, geographic variation, limb proportions, locomotor morphology, spatial patterning.

The impact of the pull of the recent on the fossil record of tetrapods.
Sarda Sahney & Michael J. Benton (
Keywords: biodiversity, diversity, fossil record, Pull of the Recent, tetrapods, vertebrates.

Fossils matter – understanding modes and rates of trait evolution in Musteloidea (Carnivora)
Jan Schnitzler, Christina Theis, P. David Polly & Jussi T. Eronen (
Keywords: fossil, macroevolution, Musteloidea, phylogeny, traits.

Bayesian estimation of multiple clade competition from fossil data.
Daniele Silvestro, Mathias M. Pires, Tiago B. Quental, & Nicolas Salamin (
Keywords: Bayesian shrinkage, diversity dependence, fossils, macroevolution.

Spatial dimension of body size evolution in Pterosauria: Bergmann's rule does not drive Cope's rule.
Fabricio Villalobos, Miguel Á. Olalla-Tárraga, Cleiber Marques Vieira, Nicholas Diniz Mazzei & Luis Mauricio Bini (
Keywords: body size, ecogeographical patterns, palaeomacroecology, wingspan.

On the Adaptive Evolution of Extinction
Contributions from a symposium held on Tumamoc Hill

March 2015
Edited by Douglas Morris & Per Lundberg 
  Volume 17 (6) November 2016

Douglas Morris & Per Lundberg — 2016(6) (

Dedication to Dr. Niclas Jonzén — 2016(6)

Evolutionary rescue in novel environments: Towards improving predictability.
Michael Barfield & Robert D. Holt — 2016(6) (
Keywords: environmental change, extinction, heritability, individual-based model.

Competitive tragedies, habitat selection, and extinction (or not?)
Douglas W. Morris, Joshua G. Cronmiller & Erika Garcez Da Rocha — 2016(6) (
Keywords: adaptation, extinction, foraging behaviour, habitat selection, Microtus pennsylvanicus, patch use, Tragedy of the Commons.

Evolution by natural selection to extinction.
Kalle Parvinen — 2016(6) (
Keywords: adaptive dynamics, evolutionary suicide, evolution to extinction, first-principles derivation, mechanistic modelling

Replacement and displacement driven by innovations, competition and extinctions.
Jörgen Ripa & Jacob Johansson — 2016(6) (
Keywords: adaptive radiation, competition, extinction, incumbent replacement, key innovation, macroevolution, relict species.

On the evolution of extinction rates.
Michael L. Rosenzweig — 2016(6) (
Keywords: group selection, Coryphantha, consumption of the variance, senescence, sex, tolerance/intolerance competition, shared-preference habitat selection, Phanerozoic.

Opportunity for some, extinction for others: the fate of tetrapods in the Anthropocene.
Katherine A. Solari, Hannah K. Frank, Luke O. Frishkoff, Jeremy L. Hsu, Melissa E. Kemp, Alexis M. Mychajliw & Elizabeth A. Hadly — 2016(6) (
Keywords: climate change, evolutionary history, exploitation, generalism, genetic diversity, habitat change, invasive species, plasticity, pollution.

Volume 17(5) September 2016

Genetically based population divergence of Silene latifolia from two climate regions.
Amanda N. Brothers, Laura A. Weingartner & Lynda F. Delph — 2016(5) (
Keywords: climate, ecological divergence, ecotypes, phenotypic plasticity, sexual dimorphism

Predation and the formation of multicellular groups in algae.
Stefania E. Kapsetaki, Roberta M. Fisher & Stuart A. West — 2016(5) (
Keywords: Chlorophyceae, group formation, group size, induced defence, multicellularity

On strategies of plant behaviour: evolutionary games of habitat selection, defence, and foraging.
Douglas W. Morris, Per Lundberg & Joel S. Brown — 2016(5) (
Keywords: adaptive landscape, defence, evolutionarily stable strategies, evolutionary game theory, habitat selection, height in trees, nutrient foraging, Tragedy of the Commons

Propagule size and patterns of success in early introductions of chukar partridges (Alectoris chukar) to Nevada.
Michael P. Moulton & Wendell P. Cropper, Jr. — 2016(5) (
Keywords: Alectoris chukar, exotic birds, propagule pressure, species introductions

Influence of anthropogenic disturbance on the number and composition of plant species in sparsely populated areas: a case study of Udomlya district (Tver region, European Russia).
Polina A. Volkova, Liudmila A. Abramova, Maksim Yu. Grigoryan, Maria O. Ivanova, Elizaveta K. Sekretova & Nikita P. Tikhomirov — 2016(5) (
Keywords: plant species diversity, plant richness, invasive species, anthropogenic disturbance, non-native species, floristic composition, Udomlya district, Tver region, Russia

Bacterial diversity in the surface layer of sediments from the East China Sea.
Jian-Xin Wang, Shi Tao, Kai-Cheng Yu, Ran Jiang, Ming-Hua Liu, Xue-Zhu Liu & Yingping Fan — 2016(5) (
Keywords: bacterial diversity, marine sediment, nutrient concentrations, PCA, RDA, 16S rRNA.

Ultimate cause(s) of dwarfism in invertebrates: the case of driftwood talitrids.
David J.Wildish & Shawn M.C. Robinson — 2016(5) (D.J. Wildish:
Keywords: behavioural experiments, invertebrate dwarfism, Orchestia gammarellus, oxygen uptake, Platorchestia platensis

Division of labor by provisioners.
Ronald C. Ydenberg & Lia Hemerik — 2016(5) (
Keywords: central place foraging, collection of fuel vs. cargo resources, division of labour, provisioning, social evolution, teamwork

Stickleback Behaviour & Evolution:

contributions from the 8th International Stickleback Conference

Edited by Andrew P. Hendry & Catherine L. Peichel 
  Evolutionary Ecology Research, Volume 17 (Nos. 2, 3, 4)

Part 3 — Volume 17, July 2016

Comparison of freshwater tolerance during spawning migration between two sympatric Japanese marine threespine stickleback species.
Asano Ishikawa, Makoto Kusakabe, Manabu Kume & Jun Kitano — 2016(4) (
Keywords: hormones, osmoregulation, physiology, prolactin, stickleback

A fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) protocol for stickleback tissue.
Noelle James, Xiaochen Liu & Alison Bell — 2016(4) (
Keywords: fluorescence in situ hybridization, fluorescence methods, Gasterosteus aculeatus, gene expression, gene localization, in situ hybridization, RNA, threespine stickleback

The relative roles of genes and rearing environment on the spatial cognitive ability of two sympatric species of threespine stickleback .
Jonatan Martinez, Jason Keagy, Benjamin Wurst, William Fetzner & Janette W. Boughman — 2016(4) (
Keywords: cognitive evolution, common garden, genetic basis, phenotypic plasticity, spatial learning, threespine stickleback

Olfactory perception of mates in ecologically divergent sticklebacks: population parallels and differences.
Robert B. Mobley, Marquita L. Tillotson & Janette W. Boughman — 2016(4) (
Keywords: Gasterosteus aculeatus, mate choice, olfaction, parallel evolution, threespine stickleback

Trophic niche differentiation and phenotypic divergence among cryptic species of Japanese ninespine stickleback .
Mark Ravinet, Asano Ishikawa & Jun Kitano — 2016(4) (
Keywords: diet, ecological speciation, exchangeability analysis, resource, sexual dimorphism, stickleback

Sex matters for defense and trophic traits of threespine stickleback.
T. E. Reimchen, D. Steeves & C. A. Bergstrom — 2016(4) (
Keywords: adaptive variation, diversifying selection, Gasterosteus, Haida Gwaii, niche width, sexual dimorphism

Prolonged swimming performance within the threespine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus) adaptive radiation and the effect of dietary restriction.
Miguel L. Reyes & John A. Baker — 2016(4) (
Keywords: ecotype variation, Gasterosteus aculeatus, nutrient deprivation, swimming stamina, threespine stickleback

Overripening of eggs and changes in reproductive hormones in the three-spined stickleback, Gasterosteus aculeatus.
Chrysoula Roufidou, Marion Sebire, Ioanna Katsiadaki, Arshi Mustafa, Monika Schmitz, Ian Mayer, Yi Ta Shao & Bertil Borg — 2016(4) (
Keywords: testosterone, estradiol, 17,20β-dihydroxypregn-4-en-3-one, 17,20β,21-trihydroxypregn-4-en-3-one, fsh-β, lh-β, gnrh2, gnrh3, kiss2, gpr54, ovulation, spawning, overripe, reproduction, stickleback, teleosts

The ninespine stickleback as a model organism in arctic ecotoxicology.
Frank A. von Hippel, E. Jamie Trammell, Juha Merilä Matthew B. Sanders, Tamar Schwarz, John H. Postlethwait, Tom A. Titus, C. Loren Buck & Ioanna Katsiadaki — 2016(3) (
Keywords: biomonitoring, endocrine disruption, Gasterosteus aculeatus, Pungitius pungitius, sentinel species, stickleback, vitellogenin