Meredith S. Palmer

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In animals with complex life cycles, fitness trade-offs across life stages determine the optimal time for transitions between stages. If these trade-offs vary predictably, adaptive plasticity in the timing of life history transitions may evolve. For instance, embryos of many species are capable of accelerating hatching to escape from egg predation and other(More)
Photopigments that allow for ultraviolet (UV) vision occur in numerous fish species. In several species that also reflect short wavelengths, there is an indication that UV cues are important in forms of social signaling including mate choice. The sailfin molly, Poecilia latipinna, is closely related to species that use UV-reflective structures in mate(More)
Many organisms use cues and signals beyond human sensitivity during social interactions. It is important to take into account how organisms perceive their worlds when trying to understand their behavior and ecology. Sensitivity to the ultraviolet spectrum (UV; 300 - 400 nm) is found across multiple genera of birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians, and even(More)
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