Mating Systems in A Changing Environment

U. Candolin, B. B.M. Wong

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Human activities have resulted in rapid and significant changes to environments worldwide, from destruction of habitat and global warming to the overharvesting of native species and the introduction of exotics. All of these changes can profoundly impact animal mating systems. In this article, we begin by providing an overview of the diversity of mating systems and how they are sensitive to environmental conditions. We then consider the many ways in which human-induced changes to the environment might impact animal mating systems, before discussing the ecological and evolutionary consequences that such changes engender.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Evolutionary Biology
EditorsRichard M Kliman
Place of PublicationOxford UK
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780128004265
ISBN (Print)9780128000496
Publication statusPublished - 14 Apr 2016

Publication series

NameReference Module in Life Sciences


  • Alternative reproductive behaviors
  • Anthropogenic disturbance
  • Courtship
  • Environmental change
  • Evolutionary trap
  • Fertilization
  • Mate choice
  • Mate competition
  • Mate encounter rate
  • Mating system
  • Parental care
  • Polygamy
  • Population viability
  • Reproductive success
  • Sexual selection
  • Sexually selected trait

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