The evolution of intermittent breeding.

  title={The evolution of intermittent breeding.},
  author={Allison K. Shaw and Simon A. Levin},
  journal={Journal of mathematical biology},
  volume={66 4-5},
A central issue in life history theory is how organisms trade off current and future reproduction. A variety of organisms exhibit intermittent breeding, meaning sexually mature adults will skip breeding opportunities between reproduction attempts. It's thought that intermittent breeding occurs when reproduction incurs an extra cost in terms of survival, energy, or recovery time. We have developed a matrix population model for intermittent breeding, and use adaptive dynamics to determine under… CONTINUE READING