• IRBI (UMR 7261), CNRS, Tours, France
  • Behavior & Social Evolution, Evolutionary Ecology, Phenotypic Plasticity, Phylogeography & Biogeography, Quantitative Genetics, Sexual Selection
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B.A. New York University (1973 ; biology, engineering) Ph.D. University of Wisconsin, Madison (1978 ; entomology)

assistant - associate professor ; University of California, Los Angeles (1981-1993) professor ; University of Kansas (1991 - 2007) adjunct professor ; University of Kansas (2007 - present)

professeur / chercheur ; CNRS (IRBI, UMR 7261) , Tours, France (2006 - present)

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Evolutionary robotics simulations help explain why reciprocity is rare in nature.
André J-B, Nolfi S

Recommended by Michael D Greenfield and Joël Meunier
Simulated robots and the evolution of reciprocity

Of the various forms of cooperative and altruistic behavior, reciprocity remains the most contentious. Humans certainly exhibit reciprocity – under certain circumstances – and various non-human animals behave in ways suggesting that they do as well. Thus, evolutionary biologists have sought to explain why non-relatives might engage in altruistic transactions when a substantial delay occurs between helping and compensation; i.e. an individual may be a donor today and a beneficiary tomorrow,...


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A young age of subspecific divergence in the desert locust Schistocerca gregaria, inferred by ABC Random Forest
Marie-Pierre Chapuis, Louis Raynal, Christophe Plantamp, Christine N. Meynard, Laurence Blondin, Jean-Michel Marin, Arnaud Estoup

Recommended by Takeshi Kawakami and Concetta Burgarella based on reviews by Michael D Greenfield and 2 anonymous reviewers
Estimating recent divergence history: making the most of microsatellite data and Approximate Bayesian Computation approaches

The present-day distribution of extant species is the result of the interplay between their past population demography (e.g., expansion, contraction, isolation, and migration) and adaptation to the environment. Shedding light on the timing and magnitude of key demographic events helps identify potential drivers of such events and interaction of those drivers, such as life history traits and past episodes of environmental shifts. The understanding of the key factors driving species evolution give...

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Despite reproductive interference, the net outcome of reproductive interactions among spider mite species is not necessarily costly
Salomé H. Clemente, Inês Santos, Rita Ponce, Leonor R. Rodrigues, Susana A. M. Varela and Sara Magalhães

Recommended by Vincent Calcagno based on reviews by Michael D Greenfield and Joël Meunier
The pros and cons of mating with strangers


Interspecific matings are by definition rare events in nature, but when they occur they can be very important, and not only because they might condition gene flow between species. Even when such matings have no genetic consequence, for instance if they do not yield any fertile hybrid offspring, they can still have an impact on the population dynamics of the species involved [1]. Such atypical pairings between heterospecific partners are usually regarded as detrimental or undesired; as ...