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Asian lady beetle (Harmonia axyridis)
by Andreas Trepte (CC BY-SA 2.5)
Native to China. Introduced all over the world
as a biological control agent.
Often becomes a pest itself.

The abstracts of
nine recent issues of
Evolutionary Ecology Research

Volume 18 (1) January, 2017
thru Volume 19 (3) May, 2018
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Volume 19(3), May 2018

Does thermal physiology explain the ecological and evolutionary success of invasive species? Lessons from ladybird beetles.
Francisca Boher, Fabián M. Jaksic, Sebastián I. Martel, María J. Orellana & Francisco Bozinovic — 2018(3) (
Keywords: Coccinellidae, ecological and evolutionary physiology, global climate change, invasive species, thermal tolerance.

On the rediscovery of Volvox perglobator (Volvocales, Chlorophyceae) and the evolution of outcrossing from self-fertilization.
Erik R. Hanschen, Dinah R. Davison, Patrick J. Ferris & Richard E. Michod — 2018(3) (
Keywords: homothallism, phylogenetics, reversion, self-fertilization, sexual reproduction, volvocine green algae.

The role of climate in the dynamics of annual plants in a Chihuahuan Desert ecosystem.
Danielle D. Ignace, Nancy Huntly & Peter Chesson — 2018(3) (
Keywords: Chihuahuan Desert, climate change, Erodium cicutarium, global warming, non-native invasives, seasonal precipitation, species diversity.

The evolutionary response of virulence to host heterogeneity: a general model with application to myxomatosis in rabbits co-infected with intestinal helminths.
Morgan P. Kain, Isabella M. Cattadori & Benjamin M. Bolker — 2018(3) (
Keywords: evolutionarily stable strategy, MYXV, trade-off, vector-borne.

The role of mortality risk in parental behaviour.
Rebecca K. Pike, John M. McNamara & Alasdair I. Houston — 2018(3) (
Keywords: growth rate, mortality risk, optimality model, parental care.

The influence of manipulated risk of predation on a predator-prey foraging game in a patchy environment: A. Egret and goldfish in experimental aviaries.
Sundararaj Vijayan, William A Mitchell, Burt P Kotler, Michael L Rosenzweig, Jesse Balaban-Feld, Lotan Tamar Tov-Elem & Zvika Abramsky — 2018(3) (
Keywords: cover, differential risk, killing efficiency, optimal foraging, predator–prey behavioural games, refuge from predation, risk of predation.

A predator-prey foraging game in experimental aviaries: the effects of number of goldfish and refuge size.
Sundararaj Vijayan, William A Mitchell, Burt P Kotler, Michael L Rosenzweig, Jesse Balaban-Feld, Lotan Tamar Tovelem & Zvika Abramsky — 2018(3) (
Keywords: cover, differential risk, killing efficiency, optimal foraging, predator–prey behavioural games, refuge from predation, risk of predation.

Volume 19(2), March 2018

Changes in host discrimination behaviour of Callosobruchus maculatus: shifting from habitual to ancestral hosts.
Soumaya Haouel Hamdi, Olfa Bachrouch, Mariam Hedjal Chebheb, Meriem Labidi, Ali Ouji, Emna Boushih & Jouda Mediouni-Ben Jemâa — 2018(2) (
Keywords: behaviour, Callosobruchus maculatus, host discrimination, host shift.

How will climate change affect the temporal and spatial distributions of a reservoir host, the Indian gerbil (Tatera indica), and the spread of zoonotic diseases that it carries?
Kordiyeh Hamidi, Saeed Mohammadi, Naeimeh Eskandarzadeh — 2018(2) (
Keywords: climate change, ectoparasites, Indian gerbil, leishmaniasis, species distribution projections.

Phenotypic plasticity during external embryonic development is affected more by maternal effects than multiple abiotic factors in brook trout.
Heather D. Penney, J. Beirão & C.F. Purchase — 2018(2) (
Keywords: hatch size, hatch time, maternal effects, pH, Salvelinus fontinalis, temperature.

Modeling the evolution of periodicity in the periodical cicadas.
Jaakko Toivonen & Lutz Fromhage — 2018(2) (
Keywords: Allee effect, individual-based simulation, numerical analysis, periodical cicadas, semelparity, structured population model.

One for all: can individual plant species indicate the overall number of plant species?
Polina A. Volkova, Maria O. Ivanova, Liudmila A. Abramova — 2018(2) (
Keywords: anthropogenic disturbance, diversity of forest species, Eastern Europe, indicators, number of plant species, Russia.

Eco-evolutionary feedbacks in the functional role of a polymorphic colonizer: Arctic charr in subarctic lakes of Alaska and Iceland.
Pamela J. Woods, Skúli Skúlason, Sigurður S. Snorrason & Thomas P. Quinn — 2018(2) (
Keywords: Arctic charr, eco-evolutionary feedback, food web, resource polymorphism, subarctic lake.

Dental ecometrics of tropical Africa: linking vegetation types and communities of large plant-eating mammals.
Indrë Žliobaitë, Hui Tang, Juha Saarinen, Mikael Fortelius, Janne Rinne & Janina Rannikko — 2018(2) (
Keywords: ecometrics, grasslands, mammalian teeth, pastoralism, Sahel, vegetation types.

Volume 19(1), January 2018

Rugged fitness landscapes and by-product adaptation in experimental populations of Drosophila melanogaster interactions.
Devin Arbuthnott, Brian S. Mautz & Howard D. Rundle — 2018(1) (
Keywords: adaptation, ecological divergence, ethanol, mate competition.

Foraging efficiency in the face of predation risk: a comparative study of desert rodents.
Sara E. Emerson, Burt P. Kotler & Franklin Sargunaraj — 2018(1) (
Keywords: foraging efficiency, gerbil, giving-up density, heteromyid.

A stochastic density-dependent model of long-term population dynamics in hunter-gatherer populations.
Marcus J. Hamilton & Robert S. Walker — 2018(1) (
     (see Comment)
Keywords: fission-fusion, forager societies, metapopulation, population growth, stochastic processes.

Weak but parallel divergence between kōaro (Galaxias brevipinnis) from adjacent lake and stream habitats.
Travis Ingram & Stephanie M. Bennington — 2018(1) (
Keywords: diadromy, Galaxias brevipinnis, parapatric speciation, phenotypic change vector analysis, phenotypic plasticity.

Comment: Population homeostasis might be an evolved adaptation.
Joshua Mitteldorf — 2018(1) (
     (see Hamilton & Walker)

Site-specific plasticity and demography determine litter-size in a population of white-footed mice.
Douglas W. Morris — 2018(1) (
Keywords: fitness-mapping equation, habitat, litter size, Peromyscus, phenotypic plasticity, predation, reaction norm.

The coevolution of herbivore impact: field estimates of impact in older and newer gallmaker-Solidago interactions.
Zoryana Shibel, Stephen D. Hendrix & Stephen B. Heard — 2018(1) (
Keywords: co-evolution, gallmakers, herbivore impact, plant–insect interactions, Solidago.

Seed demographic comparisons reveal spatial and temporal niche differentiation between native and invasive species in a community of desert winter annual plants.
Yue M. Li & Peter Chesson — 2018(1) (
Keywords: Brassica tournefortii, desert winter annual plants, invasive species, niche differentiation, species co-existence, storage effect.

Volume 18(6), November 2017

Physiological constraints on long-term population cycles: a broad-scale view.
David M. Anderson & James F. Gillooly — 2017(6) (
Keywords: macroecology, metabolic theory, population dynamics, climate change, global warming, scaling.

Advantages of sexual reproduction resulting from sibling diversity: effects of selection intensity, environmental variance, and reduced genetic diversity.
Makoto Douge & Yoh Iwasa — 2017(6) (
Keywords: evolution of sex, sib-competition, milder selection, environmental variance, reduced genetic diversity.

Effects of morphology, substrate use, and potential trade-offs on locomotor performance during multiple modes of snake locomotion.
Gary W. Gerald — 2017(6) (
Keywords: arboreal, concertina, endurance, habitat use, lateral undulation, speed, swimming.

An advantage of clear over white egg mass morphs in metabolically demanding microhabitats suggests a role of symbiotic algae in the maintenance of a polymorphism in the spotted salamander (Ambystoma maculatum).
Rebecca E. Hale, Caroline Kennedy, Danielle Winkelman & Chelsea Brown — 2017(6) (
Keywords: Ambystoma maculatum, Oophila amblystomatis, life history, oxygen, symbiosis.

Evolution of the density-response of the juvenile hormone in the determination of wing type.
Takahiro Kamioka & Yoh Iwasa — 2017(6) (
Keywords: density response of mean juvenile hormone concentration, environmental fluctuation, juvenile hormone, resource dynamics, wing polymorphism, variance of juvenile hormone concentration.

How do algae form multicellular groups?
Stefania E. Kapsetaki, Alexander Tep & Stuart A. West — 2017(6) (
Keywords: predation, Chlorophyceae, induced defence, aggregation, multicellularity.

Post-dispersal seed predation in relation to selection on seed size in Dithyrea californica.
Eugenio Larios, Alberto Búrquez, Gilberto Valenzuela, Peter Chesson & D. Lawrence Venable — 2017(6) (
Keywords: density, desert rodents, harvester ants, optimal diet theory, post-dispersal seed predation, preference, selection on seed size.

Volume 18(5), 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(4), 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(3) 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.