Virtual Issue: Causes and Consequences of Adaptive Evolution

Edited by Scott Carroll
JUNE 2009

This virtual issue highlights some of the journal’s articles from the past two years on the causes and consequences of adaptive evolution.

The papers are grouped under four headings:

I hope that these studies and others like them, which help to illuminate contemporary patterns and processes of adaptation, will inform us productively as we strive to meet both basic and practical goals in evolutionary biology. To read the full introductory editorial to this virtual issue click here.

Scott P. Carroll, Associate Editor, Functional Ecology


Adaptation and constraint

Evolution on ecological time-scales
S. P. Carroll, A. P. Hendry, D. N. Reznick, C. W. Fox

Adaptive versus non-adaptive phenotypic plasticity and the potential for contemporary adaptation in new environments
C. K. Ghalambor, J. K. Mckay, S. P. Carroll, D. N. Reznick

Eco-evolutionary conservation biology: contemporary evolution and the dynamics of persistence
Michael T. Kinnison, Nelson G. Hairston Jr

Eco-evolutionary dynamics of communities and ecosystems
G. F. Fussmann, M. Loreau, P. A. Abrams

Maternal effects and evolution at ecological time-scales
K. Räsänen, L. E. B. Kruuk

Adaptive differentiation and speciation

The multifarious effects of dispersal and gene flow on contemporary adaptation
D. Garant, S. E. Forde, A. P. Hendry

The speed of ecological speciation
A. P. Hendry, P. Nosil, L. H. Rieseberg

Habitat avoidance and speciation for phytophagous insect specialists
J. L. Feder, A. A. Forbes

Functional performance and its consequences

Selection by a predispersal seed predator constrains the evolution of avian seed dispersal in pines
A. M. Siepielski, C. W. Benkman

Common paths link food abundance and ectoparasite loads to physiological performance and recruitment in nestling blue tits
D. W. Thomas, B. Shipley, J. Blondel, P. Perret, A. Simon, M. M. Lambrechts

Birds use fruit colour as honest signal of dietary antioxidant rewards
H. M. Schaefer, K. Mcgraw, C. Catoni

Why two kinds of stamens in buzz-pollinated flowers? Experimental support for Darwin's division-of-labour hypothesis
Z. Luo, D. Zhang, S. S. Renner

Energetic constraints, not predation, influence the evolution of sleep patterning in mammals
I. Capellini, C. L. Nunn, P. McNamara, B. T. Preston, R. A. Barton

Revisiting the evolutionary origin of allometric metabolic scaling in biology
M. Emile F. Apol, Rampal S. Etienne, Han Olff

Force–velocity trade-off in Darwin's finch jaw function: a biomechanical basis for ecological speciation?
A. Herrel, J. Podos, B. Vanhooydonck, A. P. Hendry

The evolutionary ecology of senescence
P. Monaghan, A. Charmantier, D. H. Nussey, R. E. Ricklefs

The evolution of senescence from a comparative perspective
R. E. Ricklefs

Evolutionary genetics of ageing in the wild: empirical patterns and future perspectives
A. J. Wilson, A. Charmantier, J. D. Hadfield

Sexual selection

Contemporary evolution of secondary sexual traits in the wild
E. I. Svensson, T. P. Gosden

Sexual selection, sexual conflict and the evolution of ageing and life span
R. Bonduriansky, A. Maklakov, F. Zajitschek, R. Brooks

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