The status of the conditional evolutionarily stable strategy.

  title={The status of the conditional evolutionarily stable strategy.},
  author={Joseph L. Tomkins and Wade N. Hazel},
  journal={Trends in ecology & evolution},
  volume={22 10},
The conditional evolutionarily stable strategy (ESS) has proven to be a versatile tool for understanding the production of alternative phenotypes in response to environmental cues. Hence, we would expect the theoretical basis of the conditional strategy to be robust. However, Shuster and Wade have recently criticized the conditional ESS based on Gross's 1996 proposal that most alternative reproductive tactics are conditional and have evolved by 'status-dependent selection.' We critically assess… CONTINUE READING