Becky’s quick guide to polyandry (female multiple mating) has just been published in Current Biology. For further details please go here.
Paper of the week is back from the grave, with a new paper by ex-lab alumna Laura Ross & friends. They test whether ecology or mode of sex determination explains patterns of helping in eusocial species: using a comparative analysis, they show it is the former.
For more details, visit Current Biology‘s website or hunt for
Ross et al (2013) Ecology, not the genetics of sex determination, determines who helps in eusocial populations. Curr Biol 23: 2383-2387.
Dave’s paper with Thom, Tom, Stu and Kevin on the pros and cons of niche construction has now been accepted for publication in Evolution. A big thank you to my co-authors, but in particular to Thom for so heroically bringing that paper to fruition.
Well done to Liam, who has just heard that his empirical paper on the effect of mate choice paradigm on the strength of sexual selection in Lygaeus equestris has just been accepted by Animal Behaviour. More news on that coming out in the New Year. Hopefully Liam’s meta-analysis of the same comparison across species is being submitted as I write this…
Thanks to Tim, Andy and Pete for organising such an excellent ASAB Winter Meeting last week at the ZSL. Really fun and interesting.