Effects of mothers' and fathers' experience with predation risk on the behavioral development of their offspring in threespined sticklebacks.

@article{Bell2016EffectsOM,
  title={Effects of mothers' and fathers' experience with predation risk on the behavioral development of their offspring in threespined sticklebacks.},
  author={Alison M Bell and Katie E. McGhee and Laura R Stein},
  journal={Current opinion in behavioral sciences},
  year={2016},
  volume={7},
  pages={28-32}
}
Stressors experienced by parents can influence the behavioral development of their offspring. Here, we review recent studies in threespined sticklebacks (a species in which males are the sole providers of parental care) showing that when parents are exposed to an ecologically relevant stressor (predation risk), there are consequences for offspring. For example, female sticklebacks exposed to predation risk produce eggs with higher concentrations of cortisol, a stress hormone, and offspring with… CONTINUE READING