The role of developmental plasticity in innovation and diversification of Onthophagus beetles
This projects tests how evolutionary innovation, or the development of novel phenotypic variation, is affected by developmental processes and ecological conditions. Using the well-established dung beetle model, Onthophagus, we are testing the prediction that plasticity biases the evolution of morphological and life-history traits.
The role of ancestral phenotypic plasticity in evolutionary diversification: population density effects in horned beetles.
Casasa S, Moczek AP. 2018. Animal Behaviour 137:53-61.
Signals of selection in conditionally expressed genes in the diversification of three horned beetle species.
Pespeni MH, Ladner JT, Moczek AP. 2017. J Evol Biol 10.1111/jeb.13079.
Conditional gene expression, developmental plasticity, and the diversification of horned beetles
Moczek AP. 21 July 2017.
EES predictions this project tests
- Conceptual issues
- Evolutionary innovations
- Inclusive inheritance
- Evolutionary diversification