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Ah-King, Malin
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Ah-King, M. & Gowaty, P. A. (2016). A conceptual review of mate choice: stochastic demography, within-sex phenotypic plasticity, and individual flexibility. Ecology and Evolution, 6(14), 4607-4642
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A conceptual review of mate choice: stochastic demography, within-sex phenotypic plasticity, and individual flexibility
2016 (English)In: Ecology and Evolution, ISSN 2045-7758, E-ISSN 2045-7758, Vol. 6, no 14, p. 4607-4642Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Mate choice hypotheses usually focus on trait variation of chosen individuals. Recently, mate choice studies have increasingly attended to the environmental circumstances affecting variation in choosers' behavior and choosers' traits. We reviewed the literature on phenotypic plasticity in mate choice with the goal of exploring whether phenotypic plasticity can be interpreted as individual flexibility in the context of the switch point theorem, SPT (Gowaty and Hubbell ). We found >3000 studies; 198 were empirical studies of within-sex phenotypic plasticity, and sixteen showed no evidence of mate choice plasticity. Most studies reported changes from choosy to indiscriminate behavior of subjects. Investigators attributed changes to one or more causes including operational sex ratio, adult sex ratio, potential reproductive rate, predation risk, disease risk, chooser's mating experience, chooser's age, chooser's condition, or chooser's resources. The studies together indicate that choosiness of potential mates is environmentally and socially labile, that is, induced - not fixed - in the choosy sex with results consistent with choosers' intrinsic characteristics or their ecological circumstances mattering more to mate choice than the traits of potential mates. We show that plasticity-associated variables factor into the simpler SPT variables. We propose that it is time to complete the move from questions about within-sex plasticity in the choosy sex to between- and within-individual flexibility in reproductive decision-making of both sexes simultaneously. Currently, unanswered empirical questions are about the force of alternative constraints and opportunities as inducers of individual flexibility in reproductive decision-making, and the ecological, social, and developmental sources of similarities and differences between individuals. To make progress, we need studies (1) of simultaneous and symmetric attention to individual mate preferences and subsequent behavior in both sexes, (2) controlled for within-individual variation in choice behavior as demography changes, and which (3) report effects on fitness from movement of individual's switch points.

Keywords
Adaptive flexibility, choosy, genetic complementarity, indiscriminate, mate choice, OSR, parasite load, switch point theorem
National Category
Ecology Evolutionary Biology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-301134 (URN)10.1002/ece3.2197 (DOI)000380033400002 ()
Available from: 2016-08-19 Created: 2016-08-18 Last updated: 2017-11-28Bibliographically approved
Ah-King, M. & Gowaty, P. A. (2013). A reaction norm perspective on sex and mate choice. Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the Society-for-Integrative-and-Comparative-Biology (SICB), JAN 03-07, 2013, San Francisco, CA. Integrative and Comparative Biology, 53(S1), E2-E2
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A reaction norm perspective on sex and mate choice
2013 (English)In: Integrative and Comparative Biology, ISSN 1540-7063, E-ISSN 1557-7023, Vol. 53, no S1, p. E2-E2Article in journal, Meeting abstract (Other academic) Published
National Category
Natural Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-199595 (URN)000316991400009 ()
Conference
Annual Meeting of the Society-for-Integrative-and-Comparative-Biology (SICB), JAN 03-07, 2013, San Francisco, CA
Available from: 2013-05-08 Created: 2013-05-08 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
Ah-King, M. (Ed.). (2013). Challenging popular myths of sex, gender and biology. Springer
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Challenging popular myths of sex, gender and biology
2013 (English)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer, 2013
National Category
Gender Studies Biological Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-214298 (URN)
Available from: 2014-01-08 Created: 2014-01-08 Last updated: 2014-01-08
Ah-King, M. (2013). Nature queer, vers un point de vue non-normatif sur la diversité biologique.. In: Thierry Hoquet (Ed.), Le sexe biologique - Anthologie historique et critique Volume 1, Femelles et Mâles ? Histoire naturelle des (deux) sexes: . Editions Hermann
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Nature queer, vers un point de vue non-normatif sur la diversité biologique.
2013 (French)In: Le sexe biologique - Anthologie historique et critique Volume 1, Femelles et Mâles ? Histoire naturelle des (deux) sexes / [ed] Thierry Hoquet, Editions Hermann, 2013Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Editions Hermann, 2013
National Category
Biological Sciences Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-214301 (URN)
Available from: 2014-01-08 Created: 2014-01-08 Last updated: 2014-01-08
Ah-King, M. (2013). On anisogamy and the evolution of 'sex-roles' [Letter to the editor]. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 28(1), 1-2
Open this publication in new window or tab >>On anisogamy and the evolution of 'sex-roles'
2013 (English)In: Trends in Ecology & Evolution, ISSN 0169-5347, E-ISSN 1872-8383, Vol. 28, no 1, p. 1-2Article in journal, Letter (Other academic) Published
National Category
Natural Sciences
Research subject
Biology with specialization in Animal Ecology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-182073 (URN)10.1016/j.tree.2012.04.004 (DOI)000314142100001 ()
Available from: 2012-10-03 Created: 2012-10-03 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved
Ah-King, M. & Ahnesjö, I. (2013). Problemet med "könsroller" kvarstår. Tidskrift för Genusvetenskap (1), 136-137
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Problemet med "könsroller" kvarstår
2013 (Swedish)In: Tidskrift för Genusvetenskap, ISSN 1654-5443, E-ISSN 2001-1377, no 1, p. 136-137Article in journal (Other academic) Published
National Category
Humanities Natural Sciences
Research subject
Biology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-214281 (URN)
Available from: 2014-01-08 Created: 2014-01-08 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
Ah-King, M. (2013). Queering animal sexual behavior in biology textbooks. Confero: Essays on Education, Philosophy and Politics, 1(2), 46-89
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Queering animal sexual behavior in biology textbooks
2013 (English)In: Confero: Essays on Education, Philosophy and Politics, ISSN 2001-4562, Vol. 1, no 2, p. 46-89Article in journal (Refereed) Published
National Category
Educational Sciences Biological Sciences Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-214291 (URN)10.3384/confero.2001-4562.13v1i21d (DOI)
Available from: 2014-01-08 Created: 2014-01-08 Last updated: 2014-01-08Bibliographically approved
Ah-King, M. & Hayward, E. (2013). Toxic sexes—Perverting pollution and queering hormone disruption. O-zone: A Journal of Object Oriented Studies, 1
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Toxic sexes—Perverting pollution and queering hormone disruption
2013 (English)In: O-zone: A Journal of Object Oriented Studies, ISSN ISSN 2326-8344, Vol. 1Article in journal (Refereed) Published
National Category
Humanities Biological Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-214286 (URN)
Available from: 2014-01-08 Created: 2014-01-08 Last updated: 2014-01-08
Ah-King, M. (2012). Genusperspektiv på biologi. Stockholm: Högskoleverket
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Genusperspektiv på biologi
2012 (Swedish)Book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Högskoleverket, 2012
National Category
Natural Sciences Humanities
Research subject
Biology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-182075 (URN)978-91-85027-77-4 (ISBN)
Available from: 2012-11-08 Created: 2012-10-03 Last updated: 2012-11-13Bibliographically approved
Ah-King, M. & Ahnesjö, I. (2012). Vad kan vi lära av biologisk forskning om “könsroller”?. Tidskrift för Genusvetenskap, 6(4), 51-56
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Vad kan vi lära av biologisk forskning om “könsroller”?
2012 (Swedish)In: Tidskrift för Genusvetenskap, ISSN 1654-5443, E-ISSN 2001-1377, Vol. 6, no 4, p. 51-56Article in journal (Refereed) Published
National Category
Natural Sciences Humanities
Research subject
Biology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-214279 (URN)
Available from: 2014-01-08 Created: 2014-01-08 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
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