Brian W Spitzer

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Effects of maternal environment on offspring performance have been documented frequently in herbivorous insects. Despite this, very few cases exist in which exposure of parent insects to a resource causes the phenotype of their offspring to be adjusted in a manner that is adaptive for that resource, a phenomenon called adaptive transgenerational phenotypic(More)
Local adaptation has often been documented in herbivorous insects. The potential for local maladaptation in phytophagous insects, however, has not been widely considered. I performed a two-generation reciprocal cross-transplant experiment with the generalist soft scale insect Saissetia coffeae (Hemiptera: Coccidae) on two common species of host plants in(More)
The frozen niche variation hypothesis suggests that sexuals can coexist with closely related, ecologically similar asexuals because sexuals and narrowly adapted asexual clones use different resources. However, because a collection of clones can potentially dominate the entire resource axis, such coexistence is not stable. We show that if the sexual(More)
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