A full-day symposium following ISBE 2016 at the University of Exeter.


August 3rd, 2016


Alycia Lackey, Robin Tinghitella, and Michael Martin

Confirmed Speakers:

Terry Burke (University of Sheffield); Peter Dijkstra (Central Michigan University); Jonathan Drury (École Normale Supérieure); Robert Heathcote (University of Exeter); Jason Keagy (Michigan State University); Anna Qvarnström (Uppsala University); Liz Scordato (University of Colorado Boulder); Alexandra Tyers (Bangor University)

Symposium Summary:

Sexual selection is one of the most important drivers of extreme phenotypes. For >30 years, the dominant paradigm regarding sexual selection and speciation has focused on female mate choice and the evolution of female preferences and male mating signals. Mating signals often function as both mate attractants and badges of status, yet male competition for mates, Darwin’s second mechanism of sexual selection, has been largely overlooked in speciation research. Understanding how male competition affects divergence will redefine our understanding of speciation by sexual selection. In this symposium we will examine which mechanisms of male competition drive divergence, when in the speciation process male competition is critical, and how ecology and female choice interact with male competition to drive divergence. Our diverse, engaging group of speakers will share their recent work across taxonomically diverse systems that represent the entire continuum of divergence and vary in the presence and strength of divergent female mate choice and/or natural selection. Breakout group discussion sessions together with scheduled talks will advance our understanding of the field and motivate future work.


Travel Support Available for ISBE 2016

NSF has made funds available to early career researchers. Check out the announcement for details.



Photo Credit: Barbara Stanley

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