The onset of the Anthropocene presents natural populations with novel challenges at a hyper-accelerated rate. How do sexual selection, sexual competition, and mate choice help or hinder adaptation to environmental change? How can we make generalizations and predictions about these effects from information we can easily measure? How can we apply this knowledge to best practices in conservation? These urgent questions center around the fitness dynamics of sexual selection, a topic of contention for decades. For this workshop, we bring together internationally renowned theoreticians and empiricists from fields ranging from evolutionary genomics to behavioral ecology, population biology and cognitive ecology. Through talks, round tables, and structured discussions, we bring experts and students together to find areas of consensus, debate, and collaboration.
How does evolution respond to environments differing in the opportunity for male harm?
How do sexual selection and behavioral plasticity interact to affect how organisms respond to changing environments
Behavioural responses to human direct disturbance: influence on sexual selection
Behavioural responses to human-induced environmental changes: influence on sexual selection
How much different is sexual selection in urbanized environments?
How do ecological and demographic factors alter the strength and form of sexual selection?
Does social flexibility facilitate animals to cope with rapidly changing environmental conditions?
What are the ways in which human-induced environmental change modifies the consequences of sexual selection
Environmental variation and sexual selection
How is mate choice impacted by interactions in other social situations and how are all these social interactions impacted by environmental changes (e.g., due to human induced disturbances)?
When is mate choice good for populations?
How does the demographic profile of a population structure reproductive decision making?
How does environmental change impact the sexual selection landscape?
What are the causes and consequences of sex ratio bias, and its implications for population resilience?
Effects of sexual selection on population fitness
Does sexual selection facilitate or hamper adaptation to changing conditions?