• Biology
  • Published 2003

How does an individual’s optimal behaviour depend on its quality? An analysis based on relative ability

@inproceedings{Houston2003HowDA,
  title={How does an individual’s optimal behaviour depend on its quality? An analysis based on relative ability},
  author={Alasdair Houston and Judith McNamara and Ml Hernandez},
  year={2003}
}
We analyse how an organism's behaviour is predicted to depend on its quality when there is a trade-off between survival and reproduction and fitness can be written in the form of a product of these two factors. The analysis is general, but we focus on two specific cases: the level of display of a male trying to attract a female and the level of effort of a parent caring for young. In each case, an increase in the level of behaviour increases the risk of mortality. The analysis is based on a… CONTINUE READING

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