Sexual selection studies: a NESCent catalyst meeting [post]

Joan Roughgarden, Elizabeth Adkins-Regan, Erol Akçay, Jeremy Chase Crawford, Raghavendra Gadagkar, Simon C. Griffith, Camilla A. Hinde, Thierry Hoquet, Cailin O'Connor, Zofia M. Prokop, Richard O. Prum, Sharoni Shafir (+4 others)
2015 unpublished
A catalyst meeting on sexual selection studies was held in July 2013 at the facilities of the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) in Durham, NC. This article by a subcommittee of the participants foregrounds some of the topics discussed at the meeting. Topics mentioned here include the relevance of heritability estimates to assessing the presence of sexual selection, whether sexual selection is distinct from natural selection, and the utility of distinguishing sexual selection from
more » ... xual selection from fecundity selection. A possible definition of sexual selection is offered based on a distinction between sexual selection as a frequency-dependent process and fecundity selection as a density-dependent process. Another topic highlighted is a deep disagreement among participants in the reality of good-genes, sexy-sons, and run-away processes. Finally, the status of conflict in political-economic theory is contrasted with the status accorded to conflict in evolutionary behavioral theory, and the professional responsibility of sexual-selection workers to consider the ethical dimension of their research is underscored.
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.680 fatcat:ysd5wo3vdba63km2t7pjs3hmze