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Season 3

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Here are the books that William suggests any aspiring readers of Darwin, likely available at your local or university library:

  • On the Origin of Species, 1st edition:
  • The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex, with Introduction by John Tyler Bonne and Robert M May:
  • The Darwinian Heritage: See Chapter 12 for the work by Janet Browne that William describes:
  • The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Darwin and Evolutionary Thought. See Chapter 20 for the essay by Gregory Radick that William references.
  • Darwin and the Emergence of Evolutionary Theories of Mind and Behavior by Robert J Richards:

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Papers relevant to this week’s show:
Tinbergen, N. (1963). On aims and methods of ethologyZeitschrift für tierpsychologie20(4), 410-433.

Bergman, T. J., & Beehner, J. C. (2022). Leveling with Tinbergen: Four levels simplified to causes and consequences. Evolutionary Anthropology: Issues, News, and Reviews31(1), 12-19.

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Resources relevant to this week’s show:

Silent Sparks, Sara’s book about her career and research studying fireflies.

Fallon, C. E., Walker, A. C., Lewis, S., Cicero, J., Faust, L., Heckscher, C. M., … & Jepsen, S. (2021). Evaluating firefly extinction risk: Initial red list assessments for North AmericaPloS one16(11), e0259379.

State of the Fireflies of the United States and Canada: Distributions, Threats, and Conservation Recommendations. Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

Season 2

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Media relevant to today's show:

1.  Jenn's paper about the social networks of ground squirrels above and below ground:

Smith, J. E., Gamboa, D. A., Spencer, J. M., Travenick, S. J., Ortiz, C. A., Hunter, R. D., & Sih, A. (2018). Split between two worlds: automated sensing reveals links between above-and belowground social networks in a free-living mammal. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences373 (1753), 20170249.

2.  Female leadership in social mammals:

Smith, J. E., Fichtel, C., Holmes, R. K., Kappeler, P. M., van Vugt, M., & Jaeggi, A. V. (2022). Sex bias in intergroup conflict and collective movements among social mammals: male warriors and female guides. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B377(1851), 20210142.

3.  Jenn's new work on the evolution of privilege:
Smith, J. E., Natterson-Horowitz, B., & Alfaro, M. E. (2022). The nature of privilege: intergenerational wealth in animal societiesBehavioral Ecology33(1), 1-6.

And hear the segment talking about this paper on Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me!

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Media relevant to today’s show:

1.  Tamra’s synthesis paper laying out the processing bias hypothesis:

Renoult, J. P., & Mendelson, T. C. (2019). Processing bias: extending sensory drive to include efficacy and efficiency in information processing. Proceedings of the Royal Society B286(1900), 20190165.

2.  Evidence that processing bias has shaped darter signal evolution

Hulse, S. V., Renoult, J. P., & Mendelson, T. C. (2020). Sexual signaling pattern correlates with habitat pattern in visually ornamented fishes. Nature communications11(1), 1-8.

3.  Evidence that sparseness shapes human preferences for faces

Holzleitner, I. J., Lee, A. J., Hahn, A. C., Kandrik, M., Bovet, J., Renoult, J. P., … & Jones, B. C. (2019). Comparing theory-driven and data-driven attractiveness models using images of real women’s faces. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance45(12), 1589.

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Media relevant to today’s show:

1.  Swanne’s paper explaining the maintenance of polymorphism in wood tiger moths:

Gordon, S. P., Kokko, H., Rojas, B., Nokelainen, O., & Mappes, J. (2015). Colour polymorphism torn apart by opposing positive frequency‐dependent selection, yet maintained in space. Journal of Animal Ecology84(6), 1555-1564.

2. Duffy et al.’s call for greater diversity in model systems:

Duffy, M. A., García-Robledo, C., Gordon, S. P., Grant, N. A., Green, D. A., Kamath, A., … & Zaman, L. (2021). Model systems in ecology, evolution, and behavior: A call for diversity in our model systems and discipline. The American Naturalist198(1), 53-68.

3.  Swanne’s EcoEvoSeminar Talk, from August 2020, discussing some of these results in more detail:

Season 1

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Papers relevant to today’s show:

1. For an overview of the Amboseli Baboon Research Project’s history and major results (link to free PDF):

Alberts S.C., Altmann J. 2012. “The Amboseli Baboon Research Project: 40 Years of Continuity and Change“. Pp 261-288 In: Long-term field studies of primates. Edited by Kappeler, P. and Watt, D.P. Spring Verlag.

2. Paper that Susan and Matthew discussed about the effect of maternal social connectedness on offspring survival (link to free PDF):

Silk J.B., Alberts S.C., Altmann J. 2003. Social bonds of female baboons enhance infant survival. Science 302:1231-1234

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Papers relevant to today’s show:

1. Esteban and collaborators characterize multiple traits of the visual system of the Red-winged Blackbird:

Fernandez-Juricic, E. Baumhardt, P.E., Tyrrell, L.P., Elmore, A., DeLiberto, S.T., and Werner, S.J. 2019. Vision in an abundant North American bird: The Red-winged BlackbirdOrnithology (The Auk) 136: ukz039.

2. Esteban and collaborators assess bird responses to different light stimuli using perceptual modeling and behavioral preference tests:

Goller, B., Blackwell, B.F., DeVault, T.L., Baumhardt, P.E., and Fernandez-Juricic, E. 2018. Assessing bird avoidance of high-contrast lights using a choice test approach: implications for reducing human-induced avian mortalityPeerJ 6: e5404.

3. Editorial by Esteban addressing why sharing data and code during peer review would help with research reproducibility:

Fernandez-Juricic, E. 2021. Why sharing data and code during peer review can enhance behavioral ecology research. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 75: 103.

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Papers and media relevant to today’s show:

1. For an explanation of the history of the umwelt and human biases in sensory ecology:

EM Caves, S Nowicki, and S Johnsen. 2019. Von Uexküll revisited: Addressing human biases in the study of animal perception. Integrative and Comparative Biology.

2.  Regarding the importance of visual acuity in explaining animal behavior

EM Caves, NC Brandley, and S Johnsen. 2018. Visual acuity and the evolution of signals. Trends in Ecology and Evolution. 33: 358-372.

3. Videos from Eleanor’s fieldwork showing cleaner shrimp and client behavior: 

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This week’s Two-Minute Takeaway comes from Ummat Somjee (@ummat_s), a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. Read Ummat’s paper about the role of metabolic maintenance costs in the positive allometry of sexually selected traits here (video abstract here).

Select Papers:

1. Stankowich, T. & Campbell, L.A. 2016. Living in the danger zone: Exposure to predators and the evolution of spines and body armor in mammalsEvolution 70 (7): 1501-1511.

2. Caro, T., Izzo, A., Reiner, R.C., Walker, H., & Stankowich, T. 2014. The function of zebra stripesNature Communications 5: 3535.

3. Fisher, K.A. & Stankowich, T. 2018. Antipredator strategies of striped skunks in response to cues of aerial and terrestrial predators. Animal Behaviour 143: 25-34.

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