The evolution of parental care: have fishes been reading life-history theory?

Fishes are an unusual group of organisms, in that males, rather than females, are the primary care givers in species that provide care.  While there exists a laundry list of possible explanations for this pattern, one still understudied hypothesis is that sexual selection acts in concert with natural selection to promote care.  I will share a series of studies in which I, and collaborators, have demonstrated that sexual selection does act on care in fishes.  However, the nature and implications of this selection pressure are not always as one would expect.

Speaker: Dr. Colette Marie St. Mary

Speaker Institution: Department of Biology, University of Florida

Speaker Website: http://www.biology.ufl.edu/people/faculty/stmary.aspx

Event Date: 09-30-2014

Event Start Time: 4:00 PM

Event Location: Anatomy/Zoology Building W118

Mixer Time: 3:30 PM

Mixer Location: Anatomy/Zoology Building E112

Host: Molly Womack