An experimental test of plasticity-led evolution
This project aims to understand whether high levels of ancestral plasticity are associated with accelerated evolutionary rates of genetic divergence in three-spine sticklebacks, Gasterosteus aculeatus. We are investigating whether standing genetic variation (the traditional expectation), or ancestral patterns of plasticity (the EES expectation) best account for evolutionary change in salt- and freshwater populations.
Replicated evolutionary inhibition of a complex ancestral behaviour in an adaptive radiation.
Foster SA, O’Neil S, King RW, Baker JA. 2019. Biol Lett DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2018.0647
Sticklebacks, selection shadows, and salinity shifts: phenotypic plasticity in novel environments
Spence-Jones HC. 1 May 2017.
EES predictions this project tests
- Conceptual issues
- Evolutionary innovations
- Inclusive inheritance
- Evolutionary diversification