April 5, 2017

Recent Papers in Evolutionary Dynamics

Eco-Evolutionary Theory and Insect Outbreaks
David J. Páez, Vanja Dukic, Jonathan Dushoff, Arietta Fleming-Davies, and Greg Dwyer
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/JunePaez.html

Open Access
What Kind of Maternal Effects Can Be Selected for in Fluctuating Environments?
Stephen R. Proulx and Henrique Teotónio
Lay summaryhttp://amnat.org/an/newpapers/JuneProulx.html

Open Access, Synthesis
Fundamental Theorems of Evolution
David C. Queller

Evolution of Thermal Reaction Norms in Seasonally Varying Environments
Priyanga Amarasekare and Christopher Johnson

Open Access
Poison Frog Colors Are Honest Signals of Toxicity, Particularly for Bird Predators
Martine E. Maan and Molly E. Cummings
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/JanMaan.html

Open Access
Evolution of Inbreeding Avoidance and Inbreeding Preference through Mate Choice among Interacting Relatives
A. Bradley Duthie and Jane M. Reid
Lay summaryhttp://amnat.org/an/newpapers/DecDuthie.html

Epistasis-Induced Evolutionary Plateaus in Selection Responses
Arnaud Le Rouzic and José M. Álvarez-Castro
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/DecLeRouzic.html

Open Access
The Evolution of Mutual Mate Choice under Direct Benefits
Alexandre Courtiol, Loïc Etienne, Romain Feron, Bernard Godelle, and François Rousset
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/NovCourtiol.html

Adaptive Value and Costs of Physiological Plasticity to Soil Moisture Limitation in Recombinant Inbred Lines of Avena barbata
Hafiz Maherali, Christina M. Caruso, Mark E. Sherrard and Robert G. Latta

“Does genetic variation maintained by environmental heterogeneity facilitate adaptation to novel selection?”
Yuheng Huang, Ivan Tran, and Aneil F. Agrawal

“Evolutionary stability of jointly evolving traits in subdivided populations”
Charles Mullon, Laurent Keller, and Laurent Lehmann

“The influence of evolution on population spread through patchy landscapes”
Jennifer L. Williams, Robin E. Snyder, and Jonathan M. Levine

“How the magnitude of prey genetic variation alters predator-prey eco-evolutionary dynamics”
Michael H. Cortez

Recent Papers in Behavioral Ecology

Why Have Multiple Plastic Responses? Interactions between Color Change and Heat Avoidance Behavior in Battus Philenor Larvae
Matthew E. Nielsen and Daniel R. Papaj
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/JuneNielsen.html

Natural History Note
A Waterborne Pursuit-Deterrent Signal Deployed by a Sea Urchin
Hannah Sheppard-Brennand, Alistair G. B. Poore, and Symon A. Dworjanyn

Re-Examining the Causes and Meaning of the Risk Allocation Hypothesis
Barney Luttbeg

Timing of Breeding in an Ecologically Trapped Bird
Franck A. Hollander, Nicolas Titeux, Marie-Jeanne Holveck, and Hans Van Dyck
Lay summaryhttp://amnat.org/an/newpapers/MayHollander.html

Fitness Consequences of Boldness in Juvenile and Adult Largemouth Bass
Nicholas G. Ballew, Gary G. Mittelbach, and Kim T. Scribner
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/AprBallew.html

Behavioral Hypervolumes of Predator Groups and Predator-Predator Interactions Shape Prey Survival Rates and Selection on Prey Behavior
Jonathan N. Pruitt, Kimberly A. Howell, Shaniqua J. Gladney, Yusan Yang, James L. L. Lichtenstein, Michelle Elise Spicer, Sebastian A. Echeverri, and Noa Pinter-Wollman

The Behavioral Type of a Top Predator Drives the Short-Term Dynamic of Intraguild Predation
Radek Michalko and Stano Pekár
Lay summaryhttp://amnat.org/an/newpapers/MarMichalko.html

From Individual to Group Territoriality: Competitive Environments Promote the Evolution of Sociality
Markus Port, Oliver Schülke, and Julia Ostner
Lay summaryhttp://amnat.org/an/newpapers/MarPort.html

Naive Juveniles Are More Likely to Become Breeders after Witnessing Predator Mobbing
Michael Griesser and Toshitaka N. Suzuki
Lay summaryhttp://amnat.org/an/newpapers/JanGriesser.html

Alternative Reproductive Tactics in Context: How Demography, Ecology, and Behavior Affect Male Mating Success
John T. Rotenberry and Marlene Zuk

Natural History Note
Busy Nights: High Seed Dispersal by Crickets in a Neotropical Forest
Flávia Delgado Santana, Fabricio Beggiato Baccaro, and Flávia Regina Capellotto Costa
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/NovSantana.html

Natural History Note
Collective Response of Leaf-Cutting Ants to the Effects of Wind on Foraging Activity
Andrea Marina Alma, Alejandro G. Farji-Brener, and Luciana Elizalde
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/NovAlma.html

Choosy cannibals preferentially consume siblings with relatively low fitness prospects
Matthew B. Dugas, Larkin McCormack, Alice Gadau, and Ryan A. Martin

Communication value of mistakes in dark-eyed junco song
André C. Ferreira, Jonathan W. Atwell, Danielle J. Whittaker, Ellen D. Ketterson, and Gonçalo C. Cardoso
Lay summaryhttp://amnat.org/an/newpapers/SepFerreira.html

Absolute vs. relative assessments of individual status in status-dependent strategies under stochastic environments
Yuuya Tachiki and Itsuro Koizumi

Predictably philandering females prompt poor paternal provisioning
Julia Schroeder, Yu-Hsun Hsu, Isabel Winney, Mirre Simons, Shinichi Nakagawa, and Terry Burke
Lay summaryhttp://amnat.org/an/newpapers/AugSchroeder.html

Escape distance in ground-nesting birds differs with individual level of camouflage
Jared K. Wilson-Aggarwal, Jolyon T. Troscianko, Martin Stevens, and Claire N. Spottiswoode
Natalie Pilakouta, Cerian Halford, Rita Rácz, and Per T. Smiseth

March 29, 2017

Syntheses and Perspectives

Publish in The American Naturalist

The Synthesis and Perspectives section publishes visionary re-evaluations designed to boldly move entire fields of ecology, evolution, and behavior forward.

Fundamental Theorems of Evolution, David C. Queller (2017, OPEN ACCESS)

Shaping the Latitudinal Diversity Gradient: New Perspectives from a Synthesis of Paleobiology and Biogeography, David Jablonski, Shan Huang, Kaustuv Roy, and James W. Valentine (2017)

The Case of the Missing Ancient Fungal Polyploids, Matthew A. Campbell, Austen R. D. Ganley, Toni Gabaldón, and Murray P. Cox (2016) [OPEN ACCESS] 

Finding the Genomic Basis of Local Adaptation: Pitfalls, Practical Solutions, and Future Directions (Sean Hoban, Joanna L. Kelley, Katie E. Lotterhos, Michael F. Antolin, Gideon Bradburd, David B. Lowry, Mary L. Poss, Laura K. Reed, Andrew Storfer, and Michael C. Whitlock 2016) [OPEN ACCESS] 

An Integrative Framework for the Assessment of Coloration in Nature (Kemp et al., 2015) [OPEN ACCESS]

Coevolution and the Diversification of Life (Hembry et al., 2014)

Dinosaur Energetics: Setting the Bounds on Feasible Physiologies and Ecologies (Clarke, 2013)

Enemies Maintain Hyperdiverse Tropical Forests (Terborgh, 2012)

A Unified Approach to the Evolutionary Consequences of Genetic and Nongenetic Inheritance (Day and Bonduriansky, 2011) [OPEN ACCESS]

See  http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/journals/an/instruct for details and submission instructions. A short proposal is required for Syntheses and Perspectives; it will be given full and constructive attention.

In addition to Syntheses and Perspectives, we publish Primary Research with either an empirical or theoretical focus, as well as Natural History reports. We are seeking papers with a basic orientation whose impact extends well beyond the focal system, and that address broad, novel, and conceptually oriented issues and methods in ecology, evolution and behavior.

March 7, 2017

Thought-Provoking Am Nat at 150 (part 1)

On January 6, 2017, future Editor-in-Chief @DanielBolnick was inspired by a tweet by Erik Svensson to ask, Dear evolution-ecology twitterverse: what is the most influential American Naturalist paper, for your own career?

There were a lot of responses! So, bit by bit, I'll post them on the blog.

Erik Svensson
Kirkpatrick and Barton 1997 Evolution of a Species' Range

Jeffrey Ross-Ibarra (after pointing out that his own Am Nat paper obviously had the biggest impact on his own career!)
Multiple Paternity within the Fruits of the Wild Radish, Raphanus sativus
Norman C. Ellstrand

Daniel Promislow – Felsenstein 1985 “hands down” [by the way, at #evol2017 there is going to be a “joefest” and in the June Am Nat a Countdown by Matt Pennell in appreciation of Felsenstein]
Phylogenies and the Comparative Method
Joseph Felsenstein

Raul Costa Pereira "tricky question!"
Evolution of Niche Width
Jonathan Roughgarden
The Ecology of Individuals: Incidence and Implications of Individual Specialization.
Daniel I. Bolnick, Richard Svanbäck, James A. Fordyce, Louie H. Yang, Jeremy M. Davis, C. Darrin Hulsey, Matthew L. Forister

Emilio Bruna "Janzen as in Janzen-Connell, hands down"
Which led me to go for the article that hyphenated:
Clark, D. A., and D. B. Clark. 1984. Spacing dynamics of a tropical rain forest tree: evaluation of the Janzen-Connell model.
Here's a commentary
The Janzen-Connell Model for Tropical Tree Diversity: Population Implications and the Importance of Spatial Scale
Eugene W. Schupp
And here's Janzen himself
Herbivores and the Number of Tree Species in Tropical Forests
Daniel H. Janzen

Chris Muir
Acquisition and Allocation of Resources: Their Influence on Variation in Life History Tactics
J. van Noordwijk, G. de Jong
And a Countdown to 150 
Invisible Trade-offs: Van Noordwijk and de Jong and Life-History Evolution
C. Jessica E. Metcalf

Britt Koskella "one of my all-time faves"
Migration, Virulence, and the Geographic Mosaic of Adaptation by Parasites.
C. M. Lively

Eric Watson 
The Red Queen and Fluctuating Epistasis: A Population Genetic Analysis of Antagonistic Coevolution.
A. D. Peters, C. M. Lively
The Optimal Balance between Size and Number of Offspring
Christopher C. Smith, and Stephen D. Fretwell

Andrew Suarez
Food Web Complexity and Species Diversity
Robert T. Paine

Two votes from Andrew Suarez and Terry McGlynn for
The Role of Neighborhood Competition in the Spacing and Diversity of Ant Communities
Randall T. Ryti, and Ted J. Case

Yaniv Brandvain
The Evolution of Altruistic Behavior
W. D. Hamilton
I’ll add in there’s a Countdown to 150 about it
Hamilton’s Rule
Andy Gardner

March 6, 2017

Recent Papers on Physiology

Trophic Strategies of Unicellular Plankton
Subhendu Chakraborty, Lasse Tor Nielsen, and Ken H. Andersen

Hormonally Mediated Increases in Sex-Biased Gene Expression Accompany the Breakdown of Between-Sex Genetic Correlations in a Sexually Dimorphic Lizard

Robert M. Cox, Christian L. Cox, Joel W. McGlothlin, Daren C. Card, Audra L. Andrew, and Todd A. Castoe

Natural History Note
Age-Dependent Modulation of Songbird Summer Feather Molt by Temporal and Functional Constraints
Yosef Kiat, and Nir Sapir
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/FebKiat.html

The Size Dependence of Phytoplankton Growth Rates: A Trade-Off between Nutrient Uptake and Metabolism
Ben A. Ward, Emilio Marañón, Boris Sauterey, Jonathan Rault, and David Claessen

Testing the Aerobic Model for the Evolution of Endothermy: Implications of Using Present Correlations to Infer Past Evolution

Roberto F. Nespolo and Derek A. Roff

Large Brains, Small Guts: The Expensive Tissue Hypothesis Supported within Anurans

Wen Bo Liao, Shang Ling Lou, Yu Zeng, and Alexander Kotrschal
Lay summaryhttp://amnat.org/an/newpapers/DecLiao.html

Open Access
Synergism and Antagonism of Proximate Mechanisms Enable and Constrain the Response to Simultaneous Selection on Body Size and Development Time: An Empirical Test Using Experimental Evolution
Goggy Davidowitz, Derek Roff, and H. Frederik Nijhout
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/NovDavidowitz.html

Energetic Physiology Mediates Individual Optimization of Breeding Phenology in a Migratory Arctic Seabird
Holly L. Hennin, Jöel Bêty, Pierre Legagneux, H. Grant Gilchrist, Tony D. Williams, and Oliver P. Love
Lay summaryhttp://amnat.org/an/newpapers/OctHennin.html

Multiscale Evaluation of Thermal Dependence in the Glucocorticoid Response of Vertebrates
Tim S. Jessop, Meagan L. Lane, Luisa Teasdale, Devi Stuart-Fox, Robbie S. Wilson, Vincent Careau, and Ignacio T. Moore

Arboreal Folivores Limit Their Energetic Output, All the Way to Slothfulness
Jonathan N. Pauli, M. Zachariah Peery, Emily D. Fountain, and William H. Karasov
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/AugPauli.html

Foraging Activity Pattern Is Shaped by Water Loss Rates in a Diurnal Desert Rodent
Ofir Levy, Tamar Dayan, Warren P. Porter, and Noga Kronfeld-Schor

Reptile Embryos Lack the Opportunity to Thermoregulate by Moving within the Egg
Rory S. Telemeco, Eric J. Gangloff, Gerardo A. Cordero, Timothy S. Mitchell, Brooke L. Bodensteiner, Kaitlyn G. Holden, Sarah M. Mitchell, Rebecca L. Polich, and Fredric J. Janzen

Longer Food Chains in Pelagic Ecosystems: Trophic Energetics of Animal Body Size and Metabolic Efficiency
Richard McGarvey, Natalie Dowling, and Joel E. Cohen

Recent Papers on Mutualism

Countdown to 150, Open Access

Open Access
Three’s a Crowd: Trade-Offs between Attracting Pollinators and Ant Bodyguards with Nectar Rewards in Turnera
Emily M. Dutton, Elaine Y. Luo, Adam R. Cembrowski, Joel S. Shore, and Megan E. Frederickson

Andrew J. Bibian, Jennifer A. Rudgers, and Tom E. X. Miller

Samuel Venner, Aurélie Siberchicot, Pierre-François Pélisson, Eliane Schermer, Marie-Claude Bel-Venner, Manuel Nicolas, François Débias, Vincent Miele, Sandrine Sauzet, Vincent Boulanger, and Sylvain Delzon

Hafiz Maherali, Brad Oberle, Peter F. Stevens, William K. Cornwell, and Daniel J. McGlinn

Natural History Note

Natural History Note
Selene Báez, David A. Donoso, Simon A. Queenborough, Liliana Jaramillo, Renato Valencia, and Olivier Dangles

Natural History Note
Flávia Delgado Santana, Fabricio Beggiato Baccaro, and Flávia Regina Capellotto Costa1

Natural History Note

Recent Papers in Reproductive Evolution

Royal Darwinian Demons: Enforced Changes in Reproductive Efforts Do Not Affect the Life Expectancy of Ant Queens
Alexandra Schrempf, Julia Giehr, Ramona Röhrl, Sarah Steigleder, and Jürgen Heinze
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/AprSchrempf.html

The Evolutionary Economics of Embryonic-Sac Fluids in Squamate Reptiles
Xavier Bonnet, Guy Naulleau, and Richard Shine
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/MarBonnet.html

Surviving in a Cosexual World: A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Dioecy in Tropical Trees
Marjolein Bruijning, Marco D. Visser, Helene C. Muller-Landau, S. Joseph Wright, Liza S. Comita, Stephen P. Hubbell, Hans de Kroon, and Eelke Jongejans
Lay summaryhttp://amnat.org/an/newpapers/MarBruijning.html

Ecological and Social Factors Constrain Spatial and Temporal Opportunities for Mating in a Migratory Songbird
Sara A. Kaiser, Benjamin B. Risk, T. Scott Sillett, and Michael S. Webster
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/MarKaiser.html

The Evolution of Reproductive Phenology in Broadcast Spawners and the Maintenance of Sexually Antagonistic Polymorphism
Colin Olito, Dustin J. Marshall, and Tim Connallon
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/FebOlito.html

Helping Relatives Survive and Reproduce: Inclusive Fitness and Reproductive Value in Brood Parasitism

Malte Andersson
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/FebAndersson.html

American Society of Naturalists Address
Selfing, Local Mate Competition, and Reinforcement

Mark D. Rausher

Rapid Changes in the Sex Linkage of Male Coloration in Introduced Guppy Populations

Swanne P. Gordon, Andrés López-Sepulcre, Diana Rumbo, and David N. Reznick
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/FebGordon.html

Open Access
Evolution of Inbreeding Avoidance and Inbreeding Preference through Mate Choice among Interacting Relatives

A. Bradley Duthie and Jane M. Reid
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/DecDuthie.html

Open Access
The Evolution of Mutual Mate Choice under Direct Benefits
Alexandre Courtiol, Loïc Etienne, Romain Feron, Bernard Godelle, and François Rousset
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/NovCourtiol.html

Effects of Prior Contest Experience and Contest Outcome on Female Reproductive Decisions and Offspring Fitness
Natalie Pilakouta, Cerian Halford, Rita Rácz, and Per T. Smiseth
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/SepPilakouta.html

Tissue Specificity and Sex-Specific Regulatory Variation Permit the Evolution of Sex-Biased Gene Expression
Rebecca Dean and Judith E. Mank

Alternative Reproductive Tactics in Context: How Demography, Ecology, and Behavior Affect Male Mating Success
John T. Rotenberry and Marlene Zuk

How Have Self-Incompatibility Haplotypes Diversified? Generation of New Haplotypes during the Evolution of Self-Incompatibility from Self-Compatibility
Satoki Sakai

Sneaker Males Affect Fighter Male Body Size and Sexual Size Dimorphism in Salmon
Laura K. Weir, Holly K. Kindsvater, Kyle A. Young, and John D. Reynolds
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/AugWeir.html

Intralocus Sexual Conflict and the Tragedy of the Commons in Seed Beetles
David Berger, Ivain Martinossi-Allibert, Karl Grieshop, Martin I. Lind, Alexei A. Maklakov, and Göran Arnqvist
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/OctBerger.html

February 1, 2017

Peer review at Am Nat

At the American Naturalist, our goal is to help papers develop. We try to give feedback even to papers that aren't a great fit for Am Nat. But we especially try to work with papers that can fit our niche to help them become the best they can be. We appreciate so much the time our reviewers take to be careful and thorough and helpful. Sometimes this aspect gets lost in discussions of peer review, so we're glad when we get positive feedback like the letter below when the author got news of the manuscript's acceptance (posted with permission).

Dear Dr. Winn,

Many thanks - this really is exciting news! ...

If you think it would be appropriate, I'd very much appreciate if you could send on the following note to Dr. Collar and to the two reviewers who commented on this manuscript. I'm always a bit hesitant to be too complimentary towards editors and reviewers during the review process for fear that it will appear that I'm trying to butter them up, but now I really want to express how grateful I am to them, and to the editorial structure at AmNat.

While most of our colleagues responded positively to the topic when we passed an early draft of the manuscript around for "friendly review", we found it difficult to get much advice on what we needed to do in order to improve it. The feedback that we got from the review process was immensely helpful in providing this. In particular, I cannot express how grateful I am for:

(1) the advice on how to address phylogenetic uncertainty that we received from Dr. Collar and from reviewer 2 (both in the reviews and in subsequent emails)

(2) the detailed description of missing links in our citations provided by reviewer 1, which importantly also included examples of papers that we could read in order to fill those gaps


(3) the very careful and specific critiques and suggestions for our modeling methods from reviewer 2, which made it clear that they had invested a lot of effort in going through them

But, I think the most important part of the review process for us was how incredibly encouraging the editors and reviewers were at all stages. Both of us are quite junior in our career trajectories, and while the opportunity for double-blind reviews gave us a bit more courage to "aim high" with this paper, I don't know that we would have considered ourselves capable of completing the suggested revisions without the very kind words that you, Dr. Collar, and the reviewers included at the beginning of each of your comments.

I think that the most genuine complement that I can give is that this manuscript simply wouldn't have been completed in its current state without all of this help and encouragement.

Many thanks again,
Adam Clark

January 6, 2017

Recent Papers in Biogeography


Shaping the Latitudinal Diversity Gradient: New Perspectives from a Synthesis of Paleobiology and Biogeography
David Jablonski, Shan Huang, Kaustuv Roy, and James W. Valentine (2017)
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/JanJablonski.html


Antonin Machac and Catherine H. Graham (2017)

Huijie Qiao, Erin E. Saupe, Jorge Soberón, A. Townsend Peterson, and Corinne E. Myers

Available Climate Regimes Drive Niche Diversification during Range Expansion
Rafael O. Wüest, Alexandre Antonelli, Niklaus E. Zimmermann, and H. Peter Linder (2015)

Natural History Note

Discovery of a Giant Chameleon-Like Lizard (Anolis) on Hispaniola and Its Significance to Understanding Replicated Adaptive Radiations
D. Luke Mahler, Shea M. Lambert, Anthony J. Geneva, Julienne Ng, S. Blair Hedges, Jonathan B. Losos, and Richard E. Glor
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/SepMahler.html


Information on Biotic Interactions Improves Transferability of Distribution Models
William Godsoe, Rua Murray, and Michael J. Plank (2015)