Publications

We find that researchers tend to co-publish with same-gendered colleagues, and that this tendency is presently increasing. We found no …

Many ants, bees, and wasps use similar or identical chemicals as queen pheromones, even though these taxa diverged >150MYA, and …

We synthesised 459 effect sizes from 65 pertinent experimental evolution studies using meta-analysis, and found that sexual selection …

We recorded the gender of 36 million authors from >100 countries publishing in >6000 journals from most STEMM, and made a web app …

We use theoretical models to examine the evolution of female choice when there is both intralocus sexual conflict and local adaptation. …

Our understanding of chemical communication between social insect queens and workers has advanced rapidly in recent years. Several …

The breeding and non-breeding ‘castes’ of eusocial insects provide a striking example of role-specific selection, where each caste …

The capacity of a population to adapt to selection (evolvability) depends on whether the structure of genetic variation permits the …

In a recent study, Amsalem, Orlova & Grozinger (2015) performed experiments with Bombus impatiens bumblebees to test the hypothesis …

Using experimental evolution, we test whether allowing or preventing sexual selection on males affects the rate at which flour beetle …

Raia et al. propose that the evolution of the shape and complexity of animal ornaments (e.g., deer antlers) can be explained by …

The major transition to eusociality required the evolution of a switch to canalize development into either a reproductive or a helper, …

Queen pheromones mediate the reproductive division of labor in social insect colonies and provide novel opportunities for investigating …

DNA methylation is emerging as an important regulator of polyphenism in the social insects. Research has concentrated on differences in …

Polyandry has been hypothesized to allow females to “bet hedge” against mating only with unsuitable mates, reducing variance in …

Observer bias and other “experimenter effects” occur when researchers’ expectations influence study outcome. These biases are strongest …

Garcia-Gonzalez et al. [1] conducted an original and elegant experiment examining whether fertilization of a female’s eggs by …

A major unsolved question in evolutionary biology concerns the relationship between natural and sexual selection. Sexual selection …

A focus on novel, confirmatory, and statistically significant results leads to substantial bias in the scientific literature. One type …

Segregation distorters located on sex chromosomes are predicted to sweep to fixation and cause extinction via a shortage of one sex, …

Queen pheromones are among the most important chemical messages regulating insect societies yet they remain largely undiscovered, …

Studies of sexual communication typically focus on the design and information content of a signal of interest, but the timing of signal …

As recently outlined in TREE [1], many animals and plants are thought to load their male gametes with multiple types of RNA, some of …

Queen pheromones are chemical signals produced by reproductive individuals in social insect colonies. In many species they are key to …

Eusocial insects exhibit reproductive division of labour, in which one or a few queens perform almost all of the reproduction, while …

This book chapter presents a theoretical model looking at the evolution of female choice when male condition is determined by …

The nonreproductive helpers of many arthropod, bird and mammal species are a perennial puzzle for evolutionary biologists. Theory and …

Multiple mating by females (polyandry) requires an evolutionary explanation, because it carries fitness costs in many species. When …

Genomic imprinting refers to a pattern of gene expression in which a specific parent’s allele is either under-expressed or …

Biological signaling usually occurs in complex environments, yet signals are most often studied in controlled experiments that strip …

Reproductive skew theory seeks to explain how reproduction is divided among group members in animal societies. Existing theory is …

Organisms are predicted to behave more favourably towards relatives, and kin-biased cooperation has been found in all domains of life …

The ultimate causes of honest signaling remain a subject of debate, with questions remaining over the relative importance of costs and …

Polyandry, by elevating sexual conflict and selecting for reduced male care relative to monandry, may exacerbate the cost of sex and …

Communication between organisms involves visual, auditory, and olfactory pathways. In solitary insects, chemical recognition cues are …

Social organisms have evolved diverse and complex regulatory mechanisms that allow them to coordinate group-level functions. Signals …

Signal costs and evolutionary constraints have both been proposed as ultimate explanations for the ubiquity of honest signaling, but …

Sperm competition can produce fascinating adaptations with far‐reaching evolutionary consequences. Social taxa make particularly …

Trade‐offs between current and future resource allocation can select for elevated reproductive effort in individuals facing mortality. …

Social animals use recognition cues to discriminate between group members and non-members. These recognition cues may be conceptualized …

The paper by Nowak et al. has the evolution of eusociality as its title, but it is mostly about something else. It argues against …

Group-living species produce signals that alter the behavior and even the physiology of their social partners. Social insects possess …

The selective forces that shape and maintain eusocial societies are an enduring puzzle in evolutionary biology. Ordinarily sterile …

Social insects offer unique opportunities to test predictions regarding the evolution of cooperation, life histories and communication. …

The causes and consequences of variation in sperm quality, survival and ageing are active areas of research in ecology and evolution. …

Many internally‐fertilizing animals produce seminal fluid which is transferred along with sperm during mating. Seminal fluid typically …

Spermicide (i.e., female-mediated sperm death) is an understudied but potentially widespread phenomenon that has important …

Sperm size and number are important determinants of male reproductive success. The genus Drosophila exhibits a remarkable diversity of …

Sperm competition and cryptic female choice profoundly affect sperm morphology, producing diversity within both species and …