Competitive phenotypes in females: proximate origins and ultimate outcomes

Date & time

1pm 14 March 2013

Location

Slatyer Seminar Room R.N. Robertson Building (Bldg. 46), Linnaeus Way, ANU

Contacts

 Lisa Schwanz

Description

Dr Kristal Cain, 
Langmore Lab, Division of Evolution, Ecology and Genetics, Research School of Biology.

We found that females do compete, that larger females are more competitive, that androgen exposure predicts competitive trait expression, and though females appear to pay a cost for trait expression they also have higher reproductive success. This suggests that our assumptions about female reproductive success, female-female competition and female expression of competitive traits may be overly simplistic and in need of a reappraisal.

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