Project 5
The role of developmental plasticity in innovation and diversification of Onthophagus beetles

Led by Armin MoczekEmile Snell-Rood

 

dung bettles and dung ball

 

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.

 

Publications

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.

 

Blog posts

Conditional gene expression, developmental plasticity, and the diversification of horned beetles
Moczek AP. 21 July 2017.

 

EES predictions this project tests

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