Journal Club


Come along to our journal club discussing papers in evolutionary ecology (broadly speaking). On this page you will find the topics and of the upcoming and the past discussions – are you keen to join and put in your two cents?

We are usually meeting at the orange pony café (at 13-H-36). Next time on Friday at 10:00.



  • February 23, 2018 – Warren18 “Clonal polymorphism and high heterozygosity in the celibate genome of the Amazon molly.” Nature Ecology & Evolution (2018) doi: 10.1038/s41559-018-0473-y.
  • February 9, 2018 – Neiman, Meirmans, Schwander, Meirmans “Sex in the wild: why field-based studies play a critical role in resolving the problem of sex.” bioRxiv doi: 10.1101/235465.
  • February 2, 2018 – monaghan2018somatic “Somatic growth and telomere dynamics in vertebrates: relationships, machanisms and consequences.” Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B 373: 20160446.
  • January 26, 2018 – Erten2018_NatComms  “Acculturation orientations affect the evolution of a multicultural society.” Nature Communications (2018) doi: 10.1038/s41467-017-02513-0.
  • January 18, 2018 – Proposal for a perspective Aanen and Debets (revisedB) “The plastic mutation rate and the constant germline of unicells.” in reaction to Krašovec et al variable mutation rate DAMP 2017 PLoS Biol 15(8): e2002731.
  • December 1, 2017 – murray2017natural “Natural selection shaped the rise and fall of passenger pigeon genomic diversity.” Science (2017) 358, 951-954.
  • November 24, 2017 – Nieuwenhuis2016 “The frequency of sex in fungi.” Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B 371: 20150540.
  • November 17, 2017 – day2015information “Information entropy as a measure of genetic diversity and evolvability in colonization.” Molecular Ecology (2015) 24, 2073-2083
  • November 10, 2017 – NelsonMasel2017 “Intercellular competition and the inevitability of multicellular aging.” PNAS (2017) doi: 10.1073/pnas.1618854114
  • November 3, 2017 – wagner2017information “Information theory, evolutionary innovations and evolvability.” Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B 372:20160416.
  • October 20, 2017 – ross2010evolution “The evolution and suppression of male suicide under paternal genome elimination.” Evolution 65-2 (2010): 554-563.
  • October 13, 2017 – momeni2017lotka “Lotka-Volterra pairwise modeling fails to capture diverse pairwise microbial interactions.” doi:10.7554/eLife.25051.
  • October 6, 2017 – Korol PhilTrans submission  “What drives the evolution of condition-dependent recombination in diploids? Some insights from simulation modelling”. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B.
  • September 8, 2017 – Iritani17  “Joint evolution of differential seed dispersal and self-fertilization”. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 30 (2017), 1526-1543
  • June 16, 2017 – Barnard-Kubow2017biparental  “Biparental chloroplast inheritance leads to rescue from cytonuclear incompatibility”. New Phytologist (2017) 213: 1466-1476
  • May 24, 2017 – van Veelen17 Hamilton’s rule “Hamilton’s rule”. Journal of Theoretical Biology 414 (2017):176-230
  • May 19, 2017 – Kokko17 (Hanna’s opinion piece aka rant) “Give one species the task to come up with a theory that spans them all: what good can come out of that?”. Royal Society B 2017
  • May 12, 2017 – art10.11861742-9994-12-S1-S15 “Eco-evo-devo of the lemur syndrome: did adaptive behavioral plasticity get canalized in a large primate radiation?”. Frontiers in Zoology 2015, 12(Suppl 1):S15
  • April 28, 2017 – Uecker-2017-Evolution “Evolutionary rescue in randomly mating, selfing, and clonal populations”. doi:10.1111/evo.13191
  • March 31, 2017 – M-ller_et_al-2017-Journal_of_Evolutionary_Biology “Life history, immunity, Peto’s paradox and tumors in birds”. doi:10.1111/jeb.13060
  • March 24, 2017 – PNAS-2013-Turchin-16384-9 “War, space, and the evolution of Old World complex societies”. PNAS 2013, 16384-16389
  • March 17, 2017 – vanDoorn07 “Turn over of sex chromosomes induced by sexual conflict”. doi:10.1038/nature06178
  • March 10, 2017 – Lachapelle_et_al-2017-Evolution “The effect of sex on the repeatability of evolution in different environments”. doi:10.1111/evo.13198
  • February 23, 2017 – Gilbert17. “Local Adaptation Interacts with Expansion Load during Range Expansion: Maladaptation Reduces Expansion Load”. Am. Nat. 2017. Vol. 189, pp. 000-000
  • January 19, 2017 – Gebiola et al. 2016. “Darwin’s corollary” and cytoplasmic incompatibility induced by Cardinium may contribute to speciation in Encarsia wasps (Hymenoptera: Aphelinidae). doi:10.1111/evo.13037
  • December 8, 2016 – Perrin 2012, Hanson et al. 2014, Maekawa & Kaneko 2014, Herskowitz 1988, Bell 2005, Hadjivasiliou, Pomiankowski & Kuijper 2016. The evolution of mating type switching. Evolution 70: 1569–81.
  • December 1, 2016 – Nieuwenhuis & Immler 2016. The evolution of mating-type switching for reproductive assurance. Bioessays 38: 1141–1149.
  • November 17, 2016 – Grantham et al. 2016. A case for a joint strategy of diversified bet hedging and plasticity in the pea aphid wing polyphenism. Biology Letters 12: 20160654.
  • November 3, 2016 – Schwartz et al. 2016. Males Can Benefit from Sexual Cannibalism Facilitated by Self-Sacrifice. Current Biology 26, 2794–2799.
  • October 20, 2016 – Otto & Nuismer 2004. Species Interactions and the evolution of sex. Science 304:1018-1020.
  • October 6, 2016 – Hadjivasiliou & Pomiankowski 2016. Gamete signalling underlies the evolution of mating types and their number. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B 371:20150531.
  • September 1, 2016 – Bastiaans et a. 2016. Experimental evolution reveals that high relatedness protects multicellular cooperation from cheaters. Nature Communications 7:11435.
  • June 2, 2016 – Janicke et al. 2016. Darwinian sex roles confirmed across the animal kingdom. Sci. Adv. 2016;2:e150098.
  • May 26, 2016 – Sasaki et al. 2016. A simple behavioral model predicts the emergence of complex animal hierarchies. The American Naturalist 187:765-775.
  • May 19, 2016 – Grafen 2014. The formal darwinism project in outline. Biol Philos 29:155–174.
  • May 4, 2016 – Chen et al. 2016. Evolution of male age-specific reproduction under differential risks and causes of death: males pay the cost of high female fitness. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 29:848-856.
  • April 28, 2016 – Breton & Stewart 2015. Atypical mitochondrial inheritance patterns in eukaryotes. Genome 58: 423–431.
  • April 21, 2016 – Christie & Beekman. Can selection for the accumulation of beneficial mutations explain the evolution of uniparental inheritance? Unpublished.
  • April 7, 2016 – Yusa, 2007. Nuclear sex-determining genes cause large sex-ratio variation in the apple snail Pomacea canaliculata. Genetics 175:179-184.
  • March 31, 2016 – Chastain et al. 2014. Algorithms, games, and evolution. PNAS 111:10620–10623.
  • March 23, 2016 – Watson & Szathmáry 2016. How Can Evolution Learn? Trends in Ecology & Evolution 31:2.
  • March 17, 2016 – Schwanz et al. 2016. Sex-specific survival to maturity and the evolution of environmental sex determination. Evolution 10.1111/evo.12856.
  • March 10, 2016 – Haafke et al. 2016. Eco-evolutionary feedback promotes Red Queen dynamics and selects for sex in predator populations. Evolution 10.1111/evo.12885.
  • March 3, 2016 – Helanterä, 2016. An Organismal Perspective on the Evolution of Insect Societies. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 4:6.
  • February, 25, 2016 – Heaton et al. 2016. Energetic Constraints on Fungal Growth. The American Naturalist 187:E27-E40.
  • February 1, 2016 – Aparici et al. 1998. Sex allocation in haplodiploid cyclical parthenogens with density-dependent proportion of males. American Naturalist 152:652-657.
  • January 25, 2016 – Schaible et al. 2015. Constant mortality and fertility over age in Hydra. PNAS 112:15702-15706.
  • January 20, 2016 – Bossan et al. 2013. We were all young once: an intragenomic perspective on parent-offspring conflict. Proc R Soc B 280:20122637. AND find the supps here: Bossan et al. 2006 supp.
  • December 14, 2015 – Van der Giezen & Tovar 2005. Degenerate mitochondria. EMBO reports 6:525-530.
  • December 07, 2015 – Berhauerova et al. 2015. Evolution of early male-killing in horizontally transmitted parasites. Proc R Soc B 282:20152068.
  • November 16, 2015 – Ratcliff et al. 2014. Origins of multicellular evolvability in snowflake yeast. Nature Communications 6:6102.
  • Nobember 9, 2015 – Zhang, 2015. Asexual sporulation facilitates adaptation: The emergence of azole resistance in Aspergillus fumigatus. Evolution 69:2573-2586.
  • October 26, 2015 – Freedberg & Taylor, 2007. Sex ratio variance and the maintenance of environmental sex determination. J Evol Biol 20:213-220.
  • October 19, 2015 – Camus et al. 2015. Single nucleotides in the mtDNA sequence modify mitochondrial molecular function and are associated with sex-specific effects on fertility and aging. Current Biology (online corrected proof).
  • October 12, 2015 – Schindler et al. 2015. Sex-specific demography and generalization of the Trivers-Willard theory. Nature (online early) doi:10.1038/nature14968
  • October 05, 2015 – Barbuti et al. 2012. Population dynamics with a mixed type of sexual and asexual reproduction in a fluctuating environment. BMC Evolutionary Biology 12:49.
  • September 28, 2015 – Burley, 1998. “A taste for the beautiful”: Latent aesthetic mate preferences for white crests in two species of Australian grass finches. The American Naturalist 152:792-802.
  • September 21, 2015 – Cantor et al. 2015. Multilevel animal societies can emerge from cultural transmission. Nature Communications 6:8091.
  • September 11, 2015 – Rozhok & DeGregori, 2015. Toward an evolutionary model of cancer: Considering the mechanisms that govern the fate of somatic mutations. PNAS 112:8914-8921.
  • September 4, 2015 –  Havrid et al. 2015. The evolution of sex: A new hypothesis based on mitochondrial mutational erosion. BioEssays 37: 0000–0000. AND Kuijper, 2015. Mitochondria: The Red Queen lies within. BioEssays 37: 934.
  • August 20, 2015 – Singh et al. 2015. Fruit flies diversify their offspring in response to parasite infection. Science 349:747-750. AND Iles et al. 2003. Recombination Can Evolve in Large Finite Populations Given Selection on Sufficient Loci. Genetics 165: 2249–2258
  • May 11, 2015 – Levin et al. 2015. Concurrent co-evolution of intra-organismal cheaters and resisters. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 28:756-765.
  • May 4, 2015 – Sæther & Engen, 2015. The concept of fitness in fluctuating environments. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 30:273–281.
  • April 27, 2015 – Buoro & Carlson, 2014. Life-history syndromes: Integrating dispersal through space and time. Ecology Letters 17:756-767.
  • April 20, 2015 – Sol et al. 2012. Unraveling the life history of successful invaders. Science 337:580-583.
  • April 13, 2015 – Olofsson et al. 2009. Bet-hedging as an evolutionary game: the trade-off between egg size and number. Proc R Soc B 276:2963-2969.
  • March 30, 2015 – Sharp & Vincent, 2015. The effect of parasites on sex differences in selection.
  • March 16, 2015 – Marshall et al. 2013. On evolutionary explanations of cognitive biases. Trends Ecol. Evol. 28:469-473. AND Johnson & Fowler, 2011. The evolution of overconfidence. Nature 477:317-320.
  • March 09, 2015 – Gibson & Fuentes, 2014. A phylogenetic test of the Red Queen Hypothesis: Outcrossing and parasitism in Nematode phylum. Evolution 69-2: 530-540.
  • February 23, 2015 – Alvergne & Lummaa, 2014. Ecological variation in wealth-fertility relationships in Mongolia: the ‘central theoretical problem of sociobiology’ not a problem after all? Proc R Soc B, 281:20141733.
  • February 16, 2015 – Kawatsu, 2015. Breaking the parthenogenesis fertilization barrier: direct and indirect selection pressures promote male fertilization of parthenogenetic females. Evolutionary Ecology 29:49-61.
  • February 9, 2015 – Charlesworth, 2015. Causes of natural variation in fitness: Evidence from studies of Drosophila populations. PNAS, early edition.
  • January 19, 2015 – Fritzsche et al. 2014. Female, but not male, nematodes evolve under experimental sexual coevolution. Proc R Soc B 281:201409420.
  • January 12, 2015 – Crean et al. 2014. Revisiting telegony: offspring inherit an acquired characteristic of their mother’s previous mate. Ecology Letters 17:1545-1552.



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