[S12] Environmental effects on sexual selection

Sexual selection plays an important role in the evolution of novel traits and can both enhance and delay the rate of adaptation to changing environments. As for all other traits, the evolution of sexual traits depends on three factors: variation in trait expression, heritability of this variation, and the association of traits with reproductive output. However, specifically in the case of sexual selection environmental variation and selection pressures (mate choice and competition) can interact to shape the evolutionary dynamics of secondary sexual traits. It is currently widely debated how environmental change will affect sexual selection and, inversely, what the role of sexual selection is in adaptation to a new environment In a time of major environmental change, these questions are particularly important. We encourage submission of a diversity of studies (descriptive, experimental, theoretical) that address the influence of spatial or temporal variation of environmental conditions on the expression of sexual traits, their heritability, or their selective advantage. We aim to cover a wide range of methodological approaches, systems and modalities to facilitate a lively exchange about how to study and understand the magnitude of environmental effects on sexual selection.
Organizers: Carlos Camacho, Karen de Jong, Katja Heubel, Jesús Martinez-Padilla, Jaime Potti
Invited speakers: Ulrika Candolin, Erik Svensson