9 Works

Data from: Predictions of single-nucleotide polymorphism differentiation between two populations in terms of mutual information

Roderick C Dewar, William B Sherwin, Emma Thomas, Clare E Holleley & Richard A Nichols
Mutual information (I) provides a robust measure of genetic differentiation for the purposes of estimating dispersal between populations. At present, however, there is little predictive theory for I. The growing importance in population biology of analyses of single-nucleotide and other single feature polymorphisms (SFPs) is a potent reason for developing an analytic theory for I with respect to a single locus. This study represents a first step towards such a theory. We present theoretical predictions...

Data from: Land management practices associated with house loss in wildfires

Philip Gibbons, Linda Van Bommel, A. Malcolm Gill, Geoffrey J. Cary, Don A. Driscoll, Ross A. Bradstock, Emma A. Knight, Max A. Moritz, Scott L. Stephens, David B. Lindenmayer & Emma Knight
Losses to life and property from unplanned fires (wildfires) are forecast to increase because of population growth in peri-urban areas and climate change. In response, there have been moves to increase fuel reduction—clearing, prescribed burning, biomass removal and grazing—to afford greater protection to peri-urban communities in fire-prone regions. But how effective are these measures? Severe wildfires in southern Australia in 2009 presented a rare opportunity to address this question empirically. We predicted that modifying several...

Data from: Covariation in life-history traits: differential effects of diet on condition, hormones, behavior and reproduction in genetic finch morphs

Sarah R. Pryke, Lee B. Astheimer, Simon C. Griffith & William A. Buttemer
The relative contribution of genetic and environmental factors in determining variation in life-history traits is of central interest to evolutionary biologists, but the physiological mechanisms underlying these traits are still poorly understood. Here we experimentally demonstrate opposing effects of nutritional stress on immune function, endocrine physiology, parental care and reproduction between red and black head-color morphs of the Gouldian finch (Erythrura gouldiae). Although body condition of black morphs was largely unaffected by diet manipulation, red...

Data from: Strategic promiscuity helps avoid inbreeding at multiple levels in a cooperative breeder where both sexes are philopatric

Lyanne Brouwer, Martijn Van De Pol, Els Atema & Andrew Cockburn
In cooperative breeders the tension between the opposing forces of kin-selection and kin-competition is at its most severe. Although philopatry facilitates kin-selection, it also increases the risk of inbreeding. When dispersal is limited, extra-pair paternity might be an important mechanism to avoid inbreeding, but evidence for this is equivocal. The red-winged fairy-wren is part of a genus of cooperative breeders with extreme levels of promiscuity and male philopatry, but is unique in that females are...

Data from: Using probability modelling and genetic parentage assignment to test the role of local mate availability in mating system variation.

Michaela D J Blyton, Sam C Banks, Rod Peakall & David B Lindenmayer
The formal testing of mating system theories with empirical data is important for evaluating the relative importance of different processes in shaping mating systems in wild populations. Here we present a generally applicable probability modelling framework to test the role of local mate availability in determining a population’s level of genetic monogamy. We provide a significance test for detecting departures in observed mating patterns from model expectations based on mate availability alone, allowing the presence...

Data from: Testing the impact of calibration on molecular divergence times using a fossil-rich group: the case of Nothofagus (Fagales)

Hervé Sauquet, Simon Y. W. Ho, Maria A. Gandolfo, Gregory J. Jordan, Peter Wilf, David J. Cantrill, Michael J. Bayly, Lindell Bromham, Gillian K. Brown, Raymond J. Carpenter, Daphne M. Lee, Daniel J. Murphy, J. M. Kale Sniderman & Frank Udovicic
Although temporal calibration is widely recognized as critical for obtaining accurate divergence-time estimates using molecular dating methods, few studies have evaluated the variation resulting from different calibration strategies. Depending on the information available, researchers have often used primary calibrations from the fossil record or secondary calibrations from previous molecular dating studies. In analyses of flowering plants, primary calibration data can be obtained from macro- and mesofossils (e.g., leaves, flowers, and fruits) or microfossils (e.g., pollen)....

Data from: Negative frequency-dependent selection of sexually antagonistic alleles in Myodes glareolus

Mikael Mokkonen, Hanna Kokko, Esa Koskela, Jussi Lehtonen, Tapio Mappes, Henna Martiskainen & Suzanne C. Mills
Sexually antagonistic genetic variation, where optimal values of traits are sex-dependent, is known to slow the loss of genetic variance associated with directional selection on fitness-related traits. However, sexual antagonism alone is not sufficient to maintain variation indefinitely. Selection of rare forms within the sexes can help to conserve genotypic diversity. We combined theoretical models and a field experiment with Myodes glareolus to show that negative frequency-dependent selection on male dominance maintains variation in sexually...

Data from: Adaptive responses and disruptive effects: how major wildfire influences kinship-based social interactions in a forest marsupial

Sam C Banks, Michaela D J Blyton, David Blair, Lachlan McBurney & David B Lindenmayer
Environmental disturbance is predicted to play a key role in the evolution of animal social behaviour. This is because disturbance affects key factors underlying social systems, such as demography, resource availability and genetic structure. However, because natural disturbances are unpredictable there is little information on their effects on social behaviour in wild populations. Here, we investigated how a major wildfire affected cooperation (sharing of hollow trees) by a hollow-dependent marsupial. We based two alternative social...

Data from: Cross-sectional versus longitudinal research: a case study of trees with hollows and marsupials in Australian forests

David B. Lindenmayer, Jeff Wood, Lachlan McBurney, Damian Michael, Mason Crane, Christopher MacGregor, Rebecca Montague-Drake, Philip Gibbons & Sam C. Banks
How different are insights based on cross-sectional studies from those of longitudinal investigations? We addressed this question using a detailed case study encompassing a rare suite of inter-connected cross-sectional and longitudinal investigations that have spanned the past two decades and included work on (1) the decay and collapse of large cavity forest trees (termed trees with hollows), (2) populations of a suite of species of arboreal marsupials which are reliant on trees with hollows as...

Registration Year

  • 2011

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  • Australian National University
  • UNSW Sydney
  • University of Adelaide
  • University of Wollongong
  • Royal Botanic Gardens
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of Otago
  • University of Tasmania
  • Macquarie University