Parental care


Parenting is a complex subject. Parents may abandon their young completely, especially when the other parent still cares. But sometimes not. Or sometimes they may even kill their own young. How to understand such diversity?


 haiku  pdf Kilner, R.M., Boncoraglio, G., Henshaw, J., Jarrett, B.M.J., De Gasperin, O., Attisano, A. & Kokko, H. 2015. Parental effects alter the adaptive value of an adult behavioural trait. eLife 4: e07340.
 pdf Kokko, H., Griffith, S.C. & Pryke, S.R. 2014. The hawk-dove game in a sexually reproducing species explains a colourful polymorphism in an endangered bird. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 281:20141794.
haiku Kahn, A.T., Schwanz, L. & Kokko, H. 2013. Paternity protection can provide a kick-start for the evolution of male-only parental care. Evolution 67:2207-2217.
Kokko, H. & Jennions, M.D. 2012. Sex differences in parental care. Pages 101-116 in: The Evolution of Parental Care (N. Royle, P.T. Smiseth and M. Kölliker, eds.) Oxford University press.
haiku  pdf Lehtonen, J. & Kokko, H. 2012. Positive feedback and alternative stable states in inbreeding, cooperation, sex roles and other evolutionary processes. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London B 367:211-221.
haiku  pdf Heinsohn, R., Langmore, N.E., Cockburn, A. & Kokko, H. 2011. Adaptive secondary sex ratio adjustments via sex-specific infanticide in a bird. Current Biology 21:1744-1747.
haiku Jaatinen, K., Lehtonen, J. & Kokko, H. 2011. Strategy selection under conspecific brood parasitism: an integrative modelling approach. Behavioral Ecology 22:144-155.
Fischer, B., Taborsky, B. & Kokko, H. 2011. How to balance the offspring quality-quantity trade-off when environmental cues are unreliable. Oikos 120:258-270.
Kokko, H. & Jennions, M.D. 2010. Ways to raise tadpoles. Nature 464:990-991 (News & Views).
haiku  pdf Ratikainen, I.I. & Kokko, H. 2010. Differential allocation and compensation: Who deserves the silver spoon? Behavioral Ecology 21:195-200.
pdf Starrfelt, J. & Kokko, H. 2010. Parent offspring conflict and the evolution of dispersal distance. American Naturalist 175:38-49.
pdf Kokko, H. & Jennions, M.D. 2008. Parental investment, sexual selection and sex ratios. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 21:919-948.
pdf Kokko, H. & Jennions, M. 2003a. It takes two to tango. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 18:103-104.
Kokko, H. & Jennions, M. 2003b. Response to McDowall: in defence of the caring male. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 18:611-612.
pdf Kokko, H. & Johnstone, R. A. 2002. Why is mutual mate choice not the norm? Operational sex ratios, sex roles, and the evolution of sexually dimorphic and monomorphic signalling. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London B 357:319-330.
pdf López-Sepulcre, A. & Kokko, H. 2002. The role of kin recognition in the evolution of conspecific brood parasitism. Animal Behaviour 64:215-222.
Kokko, H. & McRae, S. B. 2000. Take care when studying parenting behaviour. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 15:440-441.
pdf Kokko, H. 1999. Cuckoldry and the stability of biparental care. Ecology Letters 2:247-255.
pdf Kokko, H. 1998. Should advertising parental care be honest? Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 265:1871-1878.

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