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Hypsiboas pulchellus
South American tree frog, ranita de zarzal

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ten recent issues
Evolutionary Ecology Research

Volume 16 (8) November, 2015
thru Volume 18 (3) May, 2017
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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

Part 2 — Volume 17, May 2016

Evolutionary diversification of body form and the axial skeleton in the Gasterosteoidei — the sticklebacks and their closest relatives.
Windsor E. Aguirre, Seth E. Contreras, Katelyn M. Carlson, Alex J. Jagla, & Lissette Arellano — 2016(3) (
Keywords: adaptation, body shape, evolution, Gasterosteidae, geometric morphometrics, pleomerism, vertebrae

Long-term changes in the role of threespine stickleback Gasterosteus aculeatus in the White Sea: predatory fish consumption reflects fluctuating stickleback abundance during the last century.
Bakhvalova A.E., Ivanova T.S., Ivanov M.V., Demchuk A.S., Movchan E.A. & Lajus D.L. — 2016(3) (
Keywords: Atlantic cod, Eleginus nawaga, European sculpin, Gadus morhua, Gasterosteus aculeatus, long-term changes, Myoxocephalus scorpius, predation, saffron cod, threespine stickleback, White Sea

Evolution of stress reactivity in stickleback.
Carole Di Poi, Jennyfer Lacasse, Sean M. Rogers & Nadia Aubin-Horth — 2016(3) (
Keywords: evolution, Gasterosteus aculeatus, natural selection, standing genetic variation, stress reactivity, threespine stickleback, ventilation rate

Habitat choice and female preference in a polymorphic stickleback population.
Anna F. Feller, Ole Seehausen, Kay Lucek & David A. Marques — 2016(3) (
Keywords: behavioural mate choice, colour polymorphism, Gasterosteus aculeatus, sympatric divergence, threespine stickleback

Consumptive and non-consumptive effects of predation by introduced northern pike on life-history traits in threespine stickleback .
David C. Heins, Helen Knoper & John A. Baker — 2016(3) (
Keywords: food limitation, invasive species, nutrient deprivation, physiological stress, predation risk, reproduction, threespine stickleback.

The White Sea threespine stickleback population: spawning habitats, mortality, abundance.
Ivanova T.S., Ivanov M.V., Golovin P.V., Polyakova N.V. & Lajus D.L. — 2016(3) (
Keywords: abundance, distribution, Gasterosteus aculeatus, habitats, mortality, threespine stickleback, White Sea

Coarse- and fine-grained phenotypic divergence among threespine stickleback from alternating lake and stream habitats.
Rebecca Izen, Yoel E. Stuart, Yuexin Jiang & Daniel I. Bolnick — 2016(3) (
Keywords: cline, Gasterosteus aculeatus, habitat preference, matching habitat choice, microgeographic variation, threespine stickleback

Dynamics of parasite community during early ontogenesis of marine threespine stickleback, Gasterosteus aculeatus.
E.V. Rybkina, A.S. Demchuk, D.L. Lajus, T.S. Ivanova, M.V. Ivanov & K.V. Galaktionov — 2016(3) (
Keywords: Gasterosteus aculeatus, juveniles, parasites, threespine stickleback, White Sea

Male red throat coloration, pelvic spine coloration, and courtship behaviours in threespine stickleback.
Daniel Shane Wright, Lengxob Yong, Michele E.R. Pierotti, & Jeffrey S. McKinnon — 2016(3) (
Keywords: aggression, colour, Gasterosteus aculeatus, 11-ketotestosterone, pelvic spine, threespine stickleback

Part 1 — Volume 17, March 2016

No evidence of sex reversal by means of experimentally altered sex ratios in threespine stickleback.
Theo C. M. Bakker — 2016(2) (
Keywords: Gasterosteus aculeatus, male removal, sex determination, sex ratio, social cues, threespine stickleback.

Reintroduction of threespine stickleback into Cheney and Scout Lakes, Alaska.
Michael A. Bell, David C. Heins, Matthew A. Wund, Frank A. von Hippel, Robert Massengil, Kristine Dunker, Glenn A. Bristow & Windsor E. Aguirre — 2016(2) (
Keywords: adaptive radiation, Cheney Lake, colonizing species, contemporary evolution, experimental evolution, Gasterosteus aculeatus, parasite, Schistocephalus solidus, Scout Lake, threespine stickleback.

Knights in shining armour are not necessarily bold: Defensive morphology correlates negatively with boldness, but positively with activity, in wild three-spined sticklebacks (Gasterosteus aculeatus).
Gunnar De Winter, Henrique Ramalho Martins, Rafael Arnoni Trovo & Ben B. Chapman — 2016(2) (
Keywords: activity, armour, behaviour, boldness, exploration, Gasterosteus aculeatus, threespine stickleback.

Osmoregulatory physiology and rapid evolution of salinity tolerance in threespine stickleback recently introduced to fresh water.
Jeffrey N. Divino, Michelle Y. Monette, Stephen D. McCormick, Paul H. Yancey, Kyle G. Flannery, Michael A. Bell, Jennifer L. Rollins, Frank A. von Hippel & Eric T. Schultz — 2016(2) (
Keywords: comparative physiology, directional selection, free amino acid, ion balance, osmoregulatory divergence, plasticity, threespine stickleback.

Selective agents in the adaptive radiation of Hebridean sticklebacks.
Tom Klepaker, Kjartan Østbye, Rowena Spence, Mirosław Przybylski, Mark Warren & Carl Smith — 2016(2) (
Keywords: adaptation, ion concentration, natural selection, phenotypic adaptation, Scottish Galapagos, selective landscape, stickleback, trout predation.

Shifts in life-history traits of two introduced populations of threespine stickleback.
Meredith L. Kurz, David C. Heins, Michael A. Bell & Frank A. von Hippel — 2016(2) (
Keywords: clutch mass, clutch size, egg mass, Gasterosteus aculeatus, reproduction, reproductive effort, threespine stickleback.

Parallelism and divergence in immune responses: a comparison of expression levels in two lakes.
Shaun Robertson, Janette E. Bradley & Andrew D.C. MacColl — 2016(2) (
Keywords: Gasterosteus aculeatus, gene expression, host?pathogen interactions, immunoecology, Schistocephalus solidus, threespine stickleback, wild immunology.

Morphological evolution of an anadromous threespine stickleback population within one generation after reintroduction to Cheney Lake, Alaska.
Matthew A. Wund, Omi D. Singh, Ashley Geiselman & Michael A. Bell — 2016(2) (
Keywords: common garden, contemporary evolution, Gasterosteus aculeatus, geometric morphometrics, morphology, phenotypic plasticity, threespine stickleback.

End of symposium
Issue: Volume 17(1)

Temperature variability and thermal performance in ectotherms: acclimation, behaviour, and experimental considerations.
Francisco Bozinovic, Pablo Sabat, Enrico L. Rezende & Mauricio Canals — 2016(1) (
Keywords: acclimation, global warming, performance variance, thermal variability.

Patterns of trophic resource use and individual specialization in two species of darters (Etheostoma: Percidae).
Garrett W. Hopper & Michael Tobler — 2016(1) (
Keywords: diet variation, environmental variation, Etheostoma flabellare, Etheostoma spectabile, individual specialization, trophic ecology.

Micro-eukaryotic diversity in the surface layer of sediments from the East China Sea.
Ran Jiang, Jian-Xin Wang, Kai-Cheng Yu, Ming-Hua Liu, Ge Shi & Liu Xue-Zhu — 2016(1) (
Keywords: marine sediment, micro-eukaryotic, RDA, 18S rRNA.

From the bare minimum: genetics and selection in populations founded by only a few parents.
Jacques Labonne, Renaud Kaeuffer, François Guéraud, Mingsha Zhou, Aurélie Manicki & Andrew P. Hendry — 2016(1) (
Keywords: genetic variation, heterozygosity, inbreeding, invasion, small population.

Environmental integration: patterns of correlation between environmental factors, early life decisions, and their long-term consequences.
Who-Seung Lee, Marc Mangel & Pedro Peres-Neto — 2016(1) (
Keywords: climate change, developmental phenotype, dynamic state model, growth, life history, reproduction.

Why do mosses have height? Moss production as a tragedy of the commons game.
Gordon G. McNickle, Cory Wallace & Jennifer L. Baltzer — 2016(1) (
Keywords: evolutionarily stable strategy, evolutionary game theory, moss, peatlands, tragedy of the commons.

The world seen from low and small places (a video pairing).
Yoshitaka Oishi, Shinshu University

Fine-scale life-history structure in a highly mobile marine fish.
Nancy E. Roney, Jeffrey A. Hutchings, Esben Moland Olsen, Halvor Knutsen, Jon Albretsen & Anna Kuparinen — 2016(1) (
Keywords: Gadus morhua, life history, maturity, Skagerrak, small-scale.

Fine-scale spatial genetic structure suggests modest risk of inbreeding in natural populations of Argiope bruennichi.
Stefanie M. Zimmer & Jutta M. Schneider — 2016(1) (
Keywords: dispersal, genetic population structure, inbreeding depression, mating strategy, microsatellite, polyandry.

Issue: Volume 16(8)

Choice of regression model for isodar analysis.
Jack W. Bradbury & Sandra L. Vehrencamp — 2014(8) (
Keywords: equation error, isodars, measurement error, Model II regression.

Geographic variation in lizard hind-limb morphology in relation to predation: no evidence for an evolutionary basis.
Patrick A. Bula, Laura K. Wright & Peter A. Zani — 2014(8) (
Keywords: ecomorphology, morphometrics, phenotypic plasticity, predator type, Uta stansburiana.

When should faster moving animals have better visual ability? A computational study of Leuckart's law.
Shinsuke Satoi & Yoh Iwasa — 2014(8) (
Keywords: animal behaviour, eye size, Leuckart’s law, locomotion, visual acuity.

Biomass versus biodiversity: the relative contribution of population attributes to consumer nutrient loading in aquatic systems.
Quenton M. Tuckett, Kevin S. Simon, Jasmine E. Saros, Stephen M. Coghlan Jr. & Michael T. Kinnison — 2014(8) (
Keywords: bioenergetics, biomass, ecological stoichiometry, harvest, nutrient excretion.

Environmental variation does not always promote plasticity: evolutionarily realized reaction norm for costly plasticity.
Atsushi Yamauchi & Daisuke Takahashi — 2014(8) (
Keywords: environmental fluctuation, model, optimization, phenotypic plasticity.