Our paper about the relationship between early male maturation and female-biased sexual size dimorphism was accepted at Ecology and Evolution! In it we show that, contrary to what has been long assumed in the sexual size dimorphism literature, early-male maturation is not the only profitable strategy in systems with scramble competition, and that early-male maturation does not necessarily lead to extreme degrees of sexual size dimorphism.
I am incredibly honored to have been awarded a University of California President's Postdoctoral Fellowship to work with Dan Edwards and Carolin Frank at UC Merced! That is a very long name for a truly fantastic fellowship. I will be investigating the role played by the differences in the prevalence and virulence of lizard malaria on the degree of sexual dimorphism of multiple populations of the Western Fence lizards (Sceloporus occidentalis).
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