The Evolution of Multivariate Maternal Effects

  title={The Evolution of Multivariate Maternal Effects},
  author={Bram Kuijper and Rufus A. Johnstone and Stuart Townley},
  booktitle={PLoS Computational Biology},
There is a growing interest in predicting the social and ecological contexts that favor the evolution of maternal effects. Most predictions focus, however, on maternal effects that affect only a single character, whereas the evolution of maternal effects is poorly understood in the presence of suites of interacting traits. To overcome this, we simulate the evolution of multivariate maternal effects (captured by the matrix M) in a fluctuating environment. We find that the rate of environmental… CONTINUE READING
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