The role of developmental plasticity in innovation and diversification of Onthophagus beetles
Led by Armin Moczek & Emile Snell-Rood
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.
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.
EES predictions this project tests
- Conceptual issues
- Evolutionary innovations
- Inclusive inheritance
- Evolutionary diversification