Every time you thought nature is diverse when it comes to reproduction, you find an even crazier example. There is also a serious side to this: to understand general principles of evolution, one should really know what is really is the norm (forget our own biases!) and why changing the rules – changing the ecology, say via the body size of an organism – can change what we expect to evolve in nature. Together with Duur Aanen and Madeleine Beekman, we recently edited a special issue in Phil.Trans B titled “Weird sex: the underappreciated diversity of sexual reproduction”, with great contributions by people who share our view that there’s more to sex than the boring mammalian style. All these papers will be online soon!
|Lindholm, A.K., Dyer, K.A., Firman, R.C., Fishman, L., Forstmeier, W., Holman, L., Johannesson, H., Knief, U., Kokko, H., Larracuente, A.M., Manser, A., Montchamp-Moreau, C., Petrosyan, V.G., Pomiankowski, A., Presgraves, D.C., Safronova, L.D., Sutter, A., Unckless, R.L., Verspoor, R. L., Wedell, N., Wilkinson, G.S. & Price, T.A.R. 2016. The ecology and evolutionary dynamics of meiotic drive. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 31 (4), 315-326.|
Entries by different coauthors:
I made a baby
With my wonderful partner
Alas, clone surprise!
Suicide using sex?
Or then global invasion?
Fair or not — it’s there.
the worst of two worlds
eco-kings and evo-slaves
princess of questions
|Lehtonen, J., Schmidt, D.J., Heubel, K. & Kokko, H. 2013. Evolutionary and ecological implications of sexual parasitism. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 28:297-306.|
Que sera, sera
A fish telling the future?
|Kokko, H. & Heubel, K.U. 2011. Prudent males, group adaptation, and the tragedy of the commons. Oikos 120: 641–656 (an invited Per Brinck Oikos Award article).|
|Heubel, K.U., Rankin, D.J. & Kokko, H. 2009. How to go extinct by mating too much: Population consequences of male mate choice and efficiency in a sexual-asexual species complex. Oikos 118:513-520.|
|Kokko, H., Heubel, K. & Rankin, D.J. 2008. How populations persist when asexuality requires sex: the spatial dynamics of coping with sperm parasites. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B 275: 817-825.|