May 11, 2018

Niches

Recent Papers in Niche Evolution and Ecology

The Role of Pleiotropy in the Evolutionary Maintenance of Positive Niche Construction
Rebecca H. Chisholm, Brian D. Connelly, Benjamin Kerr, and Mark M. Tanaka
Abstract: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/JulyChisholm-A.html

Frequency Dependence and Ecological Drift Shape Coexistence of Species with Similar Niches
Erik I. Svensson, Miguel A. Gómez-Llano, Anais Rivas Torres, and Hanna M. Bensch
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/JuneSvensson.html

Testing Range-Limit Hypotheses Using Range-Wide Habitat Suitability and Occupancy for the Scarlet Monkeyflower (Erythranthe cardinalis)
Amy L. Angert, Matthew Bayly, Seema N. Sheth, and John R. Paul
Abstract: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/MarAngert-A.html

Toward a Mechanistic Understanding of Thermal Niche Partitioning
Daniel J. Smith and Priyanga Amarasekare
Abstract: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/MarSmith-A.html

Life-History Traits Evolved Jointly with Climatic Niche and Disturbance Regime in the Genus Leucadendron (Proteaceae)
Jeanne Tonnabel, Frank M. Schurr, Florian Boucher, Wilfried Thuiller, Julien Renaud, Emmanuel J. P. Douzery, and Ophélie Ronce
Abstract: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/FebTonnabel-A.html

Toward a Periodic Table of Niches, or Exploring the Lizard Niche Hypervolume
Eric R. Pianka, Laurie J. Vitt, Nicolás Pelegrin, Daniel B. Fitzgerald, and Kirk O. Winemiller
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/NovPianka.html

Microhabitat and Climatic Niche Change Explain Patterns of Diversification among Frog Families
Daniel S. Moen and John J. Wiens
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/JulyMoen.html

Open Access
A Parent-Offspring Trade-Off Limits the Evolution of an Ontogenetic Niche Shift
Hanna ten Brink and André M. de Roos
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/JulyTenBrink.html

Open Access
Including Fossils in Phylogenetic Climate Reconstructions: A Deep Time Perspective on the Climatic Niche Evolution and Diversification of Spiny Lizards (Sceloporus)
A. Michelle Lawing, P. David Polly, Diana K. Hews, and Emília P. Martins
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/AugLawing.html

Impacts of Niche Breadth and Dispersal Ability on Macroevolutionary Patterns
Huijie Qiao, Erin E. Saupe, Jorge Soberón, A. Townsend Peterson, and Corinne E. Myers
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/AugQiao.html

May 10, 2018

Community Ecology

Recent Papers in Community Ecology

Multivariate Climate Change Can Favor Large Herbivore Body Size in Food Webs
Lauren M. Smith-Ramesh, Adam E. Rosenblatt, and Oswald J. Schmitz
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/MarSmthRmsh.html

Open Access
Adaptive Divergence in a Defense Symbiosis Driven from the Top Down
Jeremy J. Heath, Patrick Abbot, and John O. Stireman III
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/JulyHeath.html

Frequency Dependence and Ecological Drift Shape Coexistence of Species with Similar Niches
Erik I. Svensson, Miguel A. Gómez-Llano, Anais Rivas Torres, and Hanna M. Bensch
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/JuneSvensson.html

Eco-Evolutionary Buffering: Rapid Evolution Facilitates Regional Species Coexistence despite Local Priority Effects
Meike J. Wittmann and Tadashi Fukami
Abstract: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/JuneWittmann-A.html

Note
Tipping Points in Resource Abundance Drive Irreversible Changes in Community Structure
Seth D. Haney and Adam M. Siepielski
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/MayHaney.html

Species Pool Functional Diversity Plays a Hidden Role in Generating β-Diversity
Christopher J. Patrick and Bryan L. Brown
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/MayPatrick.html

Neutral Community Dynamics and the Evolution of Species Interactions
Marco Túlio P. Coelho and Thiago F. Rangel
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/AprCoelho.html

Symposium
Partitioning the Effects of Eco-Evolutionary Feedbacks on Community Stability
Swati Patel, Michael H. Cortez, and Sebastian J. Schreiber
Abstract: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/MarPatel.html

Symposium
Evolution in a Community Context: Trait Responses to Multiple Species Interactions
Casey P. terHorst, Peter C. Zee, Katy D. Heath, Thomas E. Miller, Abigail I. Pastore, Swati Patel, Sebastian J. Schreiber, Michael J. Wade, and Matthew R. Walsh
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/Mar-terHorst.html

Patterns of Local Community Composition Are Linked to Large-Scale Diversification and Dispersal of Clades
John J. Wiens
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/FebWiens.html

Multispecies Coexistence without Diffuse Competition; or, Why Phylogenetic Signal and Trait Clustering Weaken Coexistence
Simon Maccracken Stump
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/AugStump.html

Plant Size and Competitive Dynamics along Nutrient Gradients
Deborah E. Goldberg, Jason P. Martina, Kenneth J. Elgersma, and William S. Currie

Decreasing Stoichiometric Resource Quality Drives Compensatory Feeding across Trophic Levels in Tropical Litter Invertebrate Communities
Malte Jochum, Andrew D. Barnes, David Ott, Birgit Lang, Bernhard Klarner, Achmad Farajallah, Stefan Scheu, and Ulrich Brose
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/JulyJochum.html

Network Structure and Selection Asymmetry Drive Coevolution in Species-Rich Antagonistic Interactions
Cecilia S. Andreazzi, John N. Thompson, and Paulo R. Guimarães Jr.
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/JulyAndreazzi.html

The Implications of Eco-Evolutionary Processes for the Emergence of Marine Plankton Community Biogeography
Boris Sauterey, Ben Ward, Jonathan Rault, Chris Bowler, and David Claessen
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/JulySauterey.html

Note, Open Access
Ecological Pleiotropy Suppresses the Dynamic Feedback Generated by a Rapidly Changing Trait
John P. DeLong
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/MayDeLong.html

American Society of Naturalists Address
The Ecological Dynamics of Natural Selection: Traits and the Coevolution of Community Structure
Mark A. McPeek
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/MayMcPeek.html


Natural History Note
Renée A. Duckworth and Georgy A. Semenov

Kristin Precoda, Andrew P. Allen, Liesl Grant, and Joshua S. Madin


Open Access
Remi Vergnon, Mark K. J. Ooi, and Robert P. Freckleton

Jahnavi Joshi, Anupama Prakash, and Krushnamegh Kunte

In Memoriam, Open Access: 
Brian R. Silliman, Peter Kareiva, and Catherine A. Pfister

Rudolf P. Rohr, Serguei Saavedra, Guadalupe Peralta, Carol M. Frost, Louis-Félix Bersier, Jordi Bascompte, and Jason M. Tylianakis

Morphology

Recent Papers in Morphology

Branch Thinning and the Large-Scale, Self-Similar Structure of Trees
Lars Hellström, Linus Carlsson, Daniel S. Falster, Mark Westoby, and Åke Brännström
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/JulyHellstroem.html


Morph-Specific Patterns of Reproductive Senescence: Connections to Discrete Reproductive Strategies
Andrea S. Grunst, Melissa L. Grunst, Vince A. Formica, Marisa L. Korody, Adam M. Betuel, Margarida Barcelo-Serra, Sarah Ford, Rusty A. Gonser, and Elaina M. Tuttle
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/JuneGrunst.html


Leaf Form Evolution in Viburnum Parallels Variation within Individual Plants
Elizabeth L. Spriggs, Samuel B. Schmerler, Erika J. Edwards, and Michael J. Donoghue

Sex-Specific Heterogeneity in Fixed Morphological Traits Influences Individual Fitness in a Monogamous Bird Population
Floriane Plard, Susanne Schindler, Raphaël Arlettaz, and Michael Schaub
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/JanPlard.html

Note
Resemblance to the Enemy’s Eyes Underlies the Intimidating Effect of Eyespots
Karin Kjernsmo and Sami Merilaita
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/OctKjernsmo.html

Meredith L. Cenzer

Predator Perspective Drives Geographic Variation in Frequency-Dependent Polymorphism
Iris A. Holmes, Maggie R. Grundler, and Alison R. Davis Rabosky

Natural History Note
Dean C. Adams, Dana Korneisel, Morgan Young, and Annamaria Nistri

Natural History Note
A Sea Scorpion’s Strike: New Evidence of Extreme Lateral Flexibility in the Opisthosoma of Eurypterids
W. Scott Persons IV and John Acorn
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/JulyPersons.html

How Parallel Is Parallel Evolution? A Comparative Analysis in Fishes
Krista B. Oke, Gregor Rolshausen, Caroline LeBlond, and Andrew P. Hendry
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/JulyOke.html

Evolutionary Determinants of Morphological Polymorphism in Colonial Animals
Carl Simpson, Jeremy B. C. Jackson, and Amalia Herrera-Cubilla

Natural History Note
The Hawk-Eyed Songbird: Retinal Morphology, Eye Shape, and Visual Fields of an Aerial Insectivore
Luke P. Tyrrell and Esteban Fernández-Juricic

Clines Arc through Multivariate Morphospace
Brian K. Lohman, Daniel Berner, and Daniel I. Bolnick

Color Change for Thermoregulation versus Camouflage in Free-Ranging Lizards
Kathleen R. Smith, Viviana Cadena, John A. Endler, Michael R. Kearney, Warren P. Porter, and Devi Stuart-Fox
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/DecSmith.html

Note
Large Brains, Small Guts: The Expensive Tissue Hypothesis Supported within Anurans
Wen Bo Liao, Shang Ling Lou, Yu Zeng, and Alexander Kotrschal
Lay Summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/DecLiao.html

Natural History Note
Behavioral Plasticity and the Origins of Novelty: The Evolution of the Rattlesnake Rattle
Bradley C. Allf, Paul A. P. Durst, and David W. Pfennig
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/OctAllf.html

Reproduction

Recent Papers on Reproduction

Multivariate Sexual Selection on Ejaculate Traits under Sperm Competition
Rowan A. Lymbery, W. Jason Kennington, and Jonathan P. Evans
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/JulyLymbery.html

Collector Motion Affects Particle Capture in Physical Models and in Wind Pollination
Dori McCombe and Josef D. Ackerman
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/JulyMcCombe.html

Natural History Miscellany Note
Dispensing Pollen Via Catapult: Explosive Pollen Release in Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia)
Callin M. Switzer, Stacey A. Combes, and Robin Hopkins
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/JuneSwitzer.html

Selfing Can Facilitate Transitions between Pollination Syndromes
Carolyn A. Wessinger and John K. Kelly
Abstract: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/MayWessinger-A.html

Open Access
The Consequences of Polyandry for Sibship Structures, Distributions of Relationships and Relatedness, and Potential for Inbreeding in a Wild Population
Ryan R. Germain, Peter Arcese, and Jane M. Reid
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/MayGermain.html

Offspring Size and Reproductive Allocation in Harvester Ants
Diane C. Wiernasz and Blaine J. Cole
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/JanWiernasz.html

Synthesis
Mechanisms of Assortative Mating in Speciation with Gene Flow: Connecting Theory and Empirical Research
Michael Kopp, Maria R. Servedio, Tamra C. Mendelson, Rebecca J. Safran, Rafael L. Rodríguez, Mark E. Hauber, Elizabeth C. Scordato, Laurel B. Symes, Christopher N. Balakrishnan, David M. Zonana, and G. Sander van Doorn
Abstract: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/JanKopp-A.html

Open Access
Do Sperm Really Compete and Do Eggs Ever Have a Choice? Adult Distribution and Gamete Mixing Influence Sexual Selection, Sexual Conflict, and the Evolution of Gamete Recognition Proteins in the Sea
Don R. Levitan
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/JanLevitan.html

Kinship and Incest Avoidance Drive Patterns of Reproductive Skew in Cooperatively Breeding Birds
Christina Riehl
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/DecRiehl.html

The Roles of Sexual and Viability Selection in the Evolution of Incomplete Reproductive Isolation: From Allopatry to Sympatry
Olivier Cotto and Maria R. Servedio
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/NovCotto.html

Open Access
The Evolution of Clutch Size in Hosts of Avian Brood Parasites
Iliana Medina, Naomi E. Langmore, Robert Lanfear, and Hanna Kokko
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/NovMedina.html

Divorce in an Island Bird Population: Causes, Consequences, and Lack of Inheritance
Nathaniel T. Wheelwright and Céline Teplitsky
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/OctWhlwrght.html

Open Access
Sex Allocation Patterns across Cooperatively Breeding Birds Do Not Support Predictions of the Repayment Hypothesis
Nyil Khwaja, Ben J. Hatchwell, Robert P. Freckleton, and Jonathan P. Green

Open Access
Effects of Clonal Reproduction on Evolutionary Lag and Evolutionary Rescue
Maria E. Orive, Michael Barfield, Carlos Fernandez, and Robert D. Holt
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/OctOrive.html

Open Access
Differential Allocation Revisited: When Should Mate Quality Affect Parental Investment?
Thomas R. Haaland, Jonathan Wright, Bram Kuijper, and Irja I. Ratikainen
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/OctHaaland.html

Resource Allocation and Seed Size Selection in Perennial Plants under Pollen Limitation
Qiaoqiao Huang, Martin Burd, and Zhiwei Fan
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/SepHuang.html

Convergent Reversion to Single Mating in a Wasp Social Parasite
Kevin J. Loope, Federico Lopez-Osorio, and Libor Dvořák

The Evolution of Cooperation: Interacting Phenotypes among Social Partners
Mat Edenbrow, Bronwyn H. Bleakley, Safi K. Darden, Charles R. Tyler, Indar W. Ramnarine, and Darren P. Croft
Lay summaryhttp://amnat.org/an/newpapers/JunEdenbrow.html

Influence of Early Reproductive Success on Longevity and Late Reproductive Success in an Alpine Ungulate
Andrea Panagakis, Sandra Hamel, and Steeve D. Côté
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/JunPanagakis.html

Mating System Evolution under Strong Pollen Limitation: Evidence of Disruptive Selection through Male and Female Fitness in Clarkia xantiana
Ryan D. Briscoe Runquist, Monica A. Geber, Michael Pickett-Leonard, and David A. Moeller
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/MayBriscRunq.html

Natural History Note
Testing the Terminal Investment Hypothesis in California Oaks
Walter D. Koenig, Johannes M. H. Knops, William J. Carmen, and Mario B. Pesendorfer
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/MayKoenig.html

Note
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

Note
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



Adaptation

Recent Papers in Adaptation

Open Access
Maternal Effects in a Wild Songbird Are Environmentally Plastic but Only Marginally Alter the Rate of Adaptation
Jip J. C. Ramakers, Marleen M. P. Cobben, Piter Bijma, Thomas E. Reed, Marcel E. Visser, and Phillip Gienapp
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/JulyRunemark.html

Constraints Imposed by a Natural Landscape Override Offspring Fitness Effects to Shape Oviposition Decisions in Wild Forked Fungus Beetles
Corlett W. Wood, Eric W. Wice, Jill del Sol, Sarah Paul, Brian J. Sanderson, and Edmund D. Brodie III
Abstract: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/AprWood-A.html

Female Density-Dependent Chemical Warfare Underlies Fitness Effects of Group Sex Ratio in Flour Beetles
Imroze Khan, Arun Prakash, Swastika Issar, Mihir Umarani, Rohit Sasidharan, Jagadeesh N. Masagalli, Prakash Lama, Radhika Venkatesan, and Deepa Agashe
Abstract: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/MarKhan-A.html

American Society of Naturalists Address
The Ecological Dynamics of Natural Selection: Traits and the Coevolution of Community Structure
Mark A. McPeek
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/MayMcPeek.html

Open Access
Resist Globally, Infect Locally: A Transcontinental Test of Adaptation by Stickleback and Their Tapeworm Parasite
Jesse N. Weber, Martin Kalbe, Kum Chuan Shim, Noémie I. Erin, Natalie C. Steinel, Lei Ma, and Daniel I. Bolnick
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/JanWeber.html

Stochastic Evolutionary Demography under a Fluctuating Optimum Phenotype
Luis-Miguel Chevin, Olivier Cotto, and Jaime Ashander


American Society of Naturalists Address
Trevor D. Price

Matthew M. Osmond, Sarah P. Otto, and Christopher A. Klausmeier

Open Access
Stephen R. Proulx and Henrique Teotónio

Natural History Note
Terry J. Ord, Thomas C. Summers, Mae M. Noble, and Christopher J. Fulton


Open Access
Kimberly J. Gilbert, Nathaniel P. Sharp, Amy L. Angert, Gina L. Conte, Jeremy A. Draghi, Frédéric Guillaume, Anna L. Hargreaves, Remi Matthey-Doret, and Michael C. Whitlock

Open Access
Roberto F. Nespolo, Jaiber J. Solano-Iguaran, and Francisco Bozinovic

Katrien H. P. Van Petegem, Jeroen Boeye, Robby Stoks, and Dries Bonte

Synthesis, Open Access
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

Natural History Note
Bradley C. Allf, Paul A. P. Durst, and David W. Pfennig

April 7, 2018

Methods papers in The American Naturalist

We Editors often hear prospective authors say things like “but AmNat doesn’t publish ______”  (fill in whatever the author does in the blank space). Most often, I’ve heard that The American Naturalist does not publish Methods Papers, or does not publish genomics. 
 I’m here to say that in general, those statements are incorrect. I can’t think of subject areas in organismal biology that we exclude a priori.  Quite the contrary, a key goal of this journal is to attract a diverse readership. To do that, we like to publish on diverse topics. Or better yet, to publish papers that bring together multiple topics. 
So what DO we publish? Simple: we like to publish conceptually innovative papers (data, theory, or both), which make our readers think differently about a far-reaching topic. These could be in genomics, ecosystem, ecology, ecoimmunology, or neuroethology, as long as they push us to see an idea in a new light. This can be done by proposing a new idea (and following through to support it), or by providing the best-available evidence for a long-standing but poorly supported idea. Some papers put an innovative new twist on a classic concept. There are papers I call “Reese’s Pieces” science, after the candy made from peanut butter wrapped in chocolate. The advertisements for this candy used to make a big deal out of taking two great but familiar things and putting them together to make something new. Lastly, there are Methods papers.
It is true that The American Naturalist does not often publish purely methodological papers. Partly that’s because we don’t get many submissions. Partly it is because we keep a high bar for conceptual innovation. Often, methods papers provide new tools to solve known problems in a new way, maybe with greater precision. That’s a very useful and important service, but does not necessarily lead us to think about a subject in a new way, or to think about an entirely new subject. But sometimes Methods papers do just that. Joe Felsenstein’s 1985 paper on Independent Contrasts was fundamentally built around a new point of view, that launched the field of phylogenetic comparative methods. Masatoshi Nei proposed his famous Nei’s D in our pages, which launched a new way of thinking about molecular evolution.
What made these Methods papers so effective is that they gave us a tool to solve a problem we didn’t even know we had. By introducing their methods, they made us think differently about old problems, or revealed new questions. Not that we expect all methods submissions to compete with Felsenstein 1985.  But, we do believe there are actually many methods papers out there that fit this criteria of pointing us towards substantially new questions. These may present software or new technology or new protocols. But what should bind these together is an emphasis on opening up new questions, and providing tools to get answers that we couldn’t previously ask, maybe hadn’t even thought to ask, and which expand our conceptual horizons. 

So, Yes, we publish Methods Papers.  To use an analogy: we aren't so interested in tools for their own sake, but rather for what they can help us build. If the tool helps us build a sufficiently interesting new edifice, we might be interested in publishing it. Keep in mind that a paper describing a new method (e.g., a mathematical proof of an equation used in inference), may be most helpful to readers when accompanied by software, or a worked example to illustrate its utility. These are not strict requirements, but do tend to help the audience relate to the method. Conversely, papers describing new software for existing methods will not likely fare well because they are not advancing new kinds of questions, so much as enabling existing questions (which is important of course, but not what we look for).

 If you aren’t sure whether your Methods paper measures up, email the journal office or Editor (daniel.bolnick@uconn.edu) with a succinct pre-submission inquiry. 

April 3, 2018

Climate and Climate Change

Recent Papers

Lauren M. Smith-Ramesh, Adam E. Rosenblatt, and Oswald J. Schmitz

Natural History Note
François S. Becker, Krystal A. Tolley, G. John Measey, and Res Altwegg


Jeanne Tonnabel, Frank M. Schurr, Florian Boucher, Wilfried Thuiller, Julien Renaud, Emmanuel J. P. Douzery, and Ophélie Ronce

Thomas R. Anderson, Dag O. Hessen, James J. Elser, and Jotaro Urabe

Open Access
Derek Karssenberg, Marc F. P. Bierkens, and Max Rietkerk


Open Access
Tim Coulson, Bruce E. Kendall, Julia Barthold, Floriane Plard, Susanne Schindler, Arpat Ozgul, and Jean-Michel Gaillard


Open Access
Anieke Brombacher, Paul A. Wilson, Ian Bailey, and Thomas H. G. Ezard

E-Synthesis
Kévin Tougeron and Paul K. Abram

Hannah K. Frank, Luke O. Frishkoff, Chase D. Mendenhall, Gretchen C. Daily, and Elizabeth A. Hadly


Synthesis, Open Access
Rachael A. Bay, Noah Rose, Rowan Barrett, Louis Bernatchez, Cameron K. Ghalambor, Jesse R. Lasky, Rachel B. Brem, Stephen R. Palumbi, and Peter Ralph

Note

American Society of Naturalists Address

Viktor Nilsson-Örtman and Frank Johansson


March 27, 2018

Evolutionary Genetics

Recent Papers 


Artificial Selection to Increase the Phenotypic Variance in gmax Fails
Jacqueline L. Sztepanacz and Mark W. Blows
Lay summaryhttp://amnat.org/an/newpapers/NovSztepanacz.html

Open Access
Modeling Adaptive and Nonadaptive Responses of Populations to Environmental Change
Tim Coulson, Bruce E. Kendall, Julia Barthold, Floriane Plard, Susanne Schindler, Arpat Ozgul, and Jean-Michel Gaillard
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/SepCoulson.html

Most Colorful Example of Genetic Assimilation? Exploring the Evolutionary Destiny of Recurrent Phenotypic Accommodation
Alexander V. Badyaev, Ahva L. Potticary, and Erin S. Morrison
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/AugBadyaev.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

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

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

Evolutionary Dynamics

RECENT PAPERS

Thermoregulatory Behavior Simultaneously Promotes and Forestalls Evolution in a Tropical Lizard
Martha M. Muñoz and Jonathan B. Losos
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/JanMunoz.html

The Biased Evolution of Generation Time
Mélissa Verin, Salomé Bourg, Frédéric Menu, and Etienne Rajon
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/AugVerin.html

How Parallel Is Parallel Evolution? A Comparative Analysis in Fishes
Krista B. Oke, Gregor Rolshausen, Caroline LeBlond, and Andrew P. Hendry
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/JulyOke.html

Extinction Risk and Lack of Evolutionary Rescue under Resource Depletion or Area Reduction
Steinar Engen and Bernt-Erik Sæther

Unexpected Nongenetic Individual Heterogeneity and Trait Covariance in Daphnia and Its Consequences for Ecological and Evolutionary Dynamics
Clayton E. Cressler, Stefan Bengtson, and William A. Nelson
Lay summaryhttp://amnat.org/an/newpapers/JulyCressler.html

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
Predicting Responses to Contemporary Environmental Change Using Evolutionary Response Architectures
Rachael A. Bay, Noah Rose, Rowan Barrett, Louis Bernatchez, Cameron K. Ghalambor, Jesse R. Lasky, Rachel B. Brem, Stephen R. Palumbi, and Peter Ralph
Lay summaryhttp://amnat.org/an/newpapers/MayBay.html

Open Access
Determining Selection across Heterogeneous Landscapes: A Perturbation-Based Method and Its Application to Modeling Evolution in Space
Jonas Wickman, Sebastian Diehl Bernd Blasius, Christopher A. Klausmeier, Alexey B. Ryabov, and Åke Brännström

Diversity and Coevolutionary Dynamics in High-Dimensional Phenotype Spaces
Michael Doebeli and Iaroslav Ispolatov
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/FebDoebeli.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

Behavioral Ecology

RECENT PAPERS

Learning to Cooperate: The Evolution of Social Rewards in Repeated Interactions
Slimane Dridi and Erol Akçay
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/JanDridi.html

Seasonal Food Scarcity Prompts Long-Distance Foraging by a Wild Social Bee
Nathaniel S. Pope and Shalene Jha
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/JanPope.html

Constraints Imposed by a Natural Landscape Override Offspring Fitness Effects to Shape Oviposition Decisions in Wild Forked Fungus Beetles
Corlett W. Wood, Eric W. Wice, Jill del Sol, Sarah Paul, Brian J. Sanderson, and Edmund D. Brodie III

Natural History Note
Local Regulation of Trail Networks of the Arboreal Turtle Ant, Cephalotes goniodontus
Deborah M. Gordon
Lay summaryhttp://amnat.org/an/newpapers/DecGordon.html

Natural History Note
Hybridization Associated with Cycles of Ecological Succession in a Passerine Bird
Renée A. Duckworth and Georgy A. Semenov
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/OctDuckworth.html

Divorce in an Island Bird Population: Causes, Consequences, and Lack of Inheritance
Nathaniel T. Wheelwright and Céline Teplitsky
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/OctWhlwrght.html

A Breath of Fresh Air in Foraging Theory: The Importance of Wind for Food Size Selection in a Central-Place Forager
Andrea Marina Alma, Alejandro G. Farji-Brener, and Luciana Elizalde
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/SepAlma.html

Natural History Note
Dramatic Fighting by Male Cuttlefish for a Female Mate
Justine J. Allen, Derya Akkaynak, Alexandra K. Schnell, and Roger T. Hanlon
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/JulyAllen.html

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

Social Information on Fear and Food Drives Animal Grouping and Fitness
Michael A. Gil, Zachary Emberts, Harrison Jones, and Colette M. St. Mary
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/MarGil.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

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 summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/OctHennin.html

Dynamic Range Size Analysis of Territorial Animals: An Optimality Approach
Yun Tao, Luca Börger, and Alan Hastings
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/OctTao.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

Foraging

Recent Papers 

Natural History Note


Kleptoparasitism and Scavenging Can Stabilize Ecosystem Dynamics
Stefano Focardi, Massimo Materassi, Giacomo Innocenti, and Duccio Berzi

A Neutral Model for the Evolution of Diet Breadth
Matthew L. Forister and Stephen H. Jenkins

Joan M. Meiners, Terry L. Griswold, David J. Harris, and S. K. Morgan Ernest

Malte Jochum, Andrew D. Barnes, David Ott, Birgit Lang, Bernhard Klarner, Achmad Farajallah, Stefan Scheu, and Ulrich Brose
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/JulyJochum.html

Natural History Note
The Hawk-Eyed Songbird: Retinal Morphology, Eye Shape, and Visual Fields of an Aerial Insectivore
Luke P. Tyrrell and Esteban Fernández-Juricic

Perceptual Ranges, Information Gathering, and Foraging Success in Dynamic Landscapes
William F. Fagan, Eliezer Gurarie, Sharon Bewick, Allison Howard, Robert Stephen Cantrell, and Chris Cosner

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

Arboreal Folivores Limit Their Energetic Output, All the Way to Slothfulness
Jonathan N. Pauli, M. Zachariah Peery, Emily D. Fountain, and William H. Karasov

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

Predator-Prey Interactions

Recent Papers 

Celebrating The American Naturalist at 150, Open Access
Specifying the Harsh Conditions of Life: Resource Competition and Predation in the 1970s
Alita R. Burmeister and Richard E. Lenski

Natural History Note
Venus Flytrap Rarely Traps Its Pollinators
Elsa Youngsteadt, Rebecca E. Irwin, Alison Fowler, Matthew A. Bertone, Sara June Giacomini, Michael Kunz, Dale Suiter, and Clyde E. Sorenson
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/AprYngstdt.html

Neglected Patterns of Variation in Phenotypic Plasticity: Age- and Sex-Specific Antipredator Plasticity in a Cichlid Fish
Denis Meuthen, Sebastian A. Baldauf, Theo C. M. Bakker, and Timo Thünken
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/AprMeuthen.html

Note
Keystone Individuals Alter Ecological and Evolutionary Consumer-Resource Dynamics
Denon Start
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/FebStart.html

Temporal Variation in Predation Risk May Explain Daily Rhythms of Foraging Behavior in an Orb-Weaving Spider
J. Colton Watts, Thomas C. Jones, Ashley Herrig, Madeleine Miller, and Brigitte Tenhumberg
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/JanWatts.html

Note, Open Access
Predator Persistence through Variability of Resource Productivity in Tritrophic Systems
Floor H. Soudijn and André M. de Roos

Cannibalism and Intraguild Predation Community Dynamics: Coexistence, Competitive Exclusion, and the Loss of Alternative Stable States
Benjamin J. Toscano, Vincent Hin, and Volker H. W. Rudolf
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/NovToscano.html

Fatal Attraction? Intraguild Facilitation and Suppression among Predators
Kelly J. Sivy, Casey B. Pozzanghera, James B. Grace, and Laura R. Prugh

Note
Resemblance to the Enemy’s Eyes Underlies the Intimidating Effect of Eyespots
Karin Kjernsmo and Sami Merilaita
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/OctKjernsmo.html

Predator Perspective Drives Geographic Variation in Frequency-Dependent Polymorphism
Iris A. Holmes, Maggie R. Grundler, and Alison R. Davis Rabosky

Predation Risk Reverses the Potential Effects of Warming on Plant-Herbivore Interactions by Altering the Relative Strengths of Trait- and Density-Mediated Interactions
Nathan P. Lemoine
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/SepLemoine.html

When Predators Help Prey Adapt and Persist in a Changing Environment
Matthew M. Osmond, Sarah P. Otto, and Christopher A. Klausmeier
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/JulyOsmond.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
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/JuneLuttbeg.html

Fear Mediates Trophic Cascades: Nonconsumptive Effects of Predators Drive Aquatic Ecosystem Function
Crasso Paulo B. Breviglieri, Paulo S. Oliveira, and Gustavo Q. Romero
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/MayBrevigl.html

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

Seasonally varying predation behavior and climate shifts are predicted to affect predator-prey cycles
Rebecca Tyson and Frithjof Lutscher

Michael H. Cortez

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

Historical Comment
Revisiting Paine’s 1966 Sea Star Removal Experiment, the Most-Cited Empirical Article in the American Naturalist
Kevin D. Lafferty and Thomas H. Suchanek

Mimicry among Unequally Defended Prey Should Be Mutualistic When Predators Sample Optimally
Thomas G. Aubier, Mathieu Joron, and Thomas N. Sherratt
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/MarAubier.html

Does Cohistory Constrain Information Use? Evidence for Generalized Risk Assessment in Nonnative Prey
Emily W. Grason
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/MarGrason.html

Natural History Note
Ecological Release from Aquatic Predation Is Associated with the Emergence of Marine Blenny Fishes onto Land
Terry J. Ord, Thomas C. Summers, Mae M. Noble, and Christopher J. Fulton
Lay summary: http://amnat.org/an/newpapers/MayOrd.html