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Evolution and Mechanisms of Plasticity in Wild Baboons (Papio cynocephalus)
In many species, early life experiences have striking effects on health, reproduction, and survival in adulthood. Thus, early life conditions shape a range of evolutionarily relevant traits, and in doing so alter ...
The Roles of Phenotypic Plasticity and Plant-Microbe Interactions in the Evolution of Complex Traits in Boechera stricta
All organisms live in complex habitats that shape the course of their evolution by altering the phenotype expressed by a given genotype (a phenomenon known as phenotypic plasticity) and simultaneously by determining the ...
Phenotypic and Genetic Diversity in the Sea Urchin Lytechinus Variegatus
Diversity in coloration is a common phenomenon in marine invertebrates, although the ecological significance of the diversity is often unknown. Patterns of geographic variability, particularly with respect to color phenotypes, ...
The Evolution and Genetics of Reinforcement in Phlox Drummondii
One of the major goals of evolutionary biology is understanding the process of species formation. There is particular interest in how selection can favor species formation through the process of reinforcement. When two ...
The Genetics of Adaptation to a Harsh Granite Outcrop Environment in Mimulus
Closely related populations or species often occupy ecologically disparate habitats. Adaptation to new habitats can maintain genetic variation within a species or eventually lead to speciation. Local adaptation to different ...
Mechanisms of Habitat Segregation Between Co-Occurring Monkeyflower Species
Closely related, ecologically similar species are often separated at a small scale while being broadly sympatric. In Northern California’s coast range two monkeyflower species, Mimulus guttatus and Mimulus nudatus co-occur ...