The measurement of sexual selection on females and males

Karoline Fritzsche, Isobel Booksmythe

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Abstract

As in any field of research, the study of sexual selection is subject to ongoing debate over definitions and interpreta-tions of the fundamental concepts involved. These arguments generally promote progress, as they highlight areas where current explanations are incomplete. Here we briefly review two ongoing discussions in the sexual selection literature. First, the defini-tion of sexual selection has received renewed interest in light of increasing research effort into when and how it operates in fe-males. Second, how best to measure sexual selection is an ongoing subject of debate; in practice, recognition that the appropriate measures depend on the focus of the specific study, and that multiple measures should be employed wherever possible, seems to provide the most informative approach. The wide scope of recent empirical work in these and related areas, with the application of new techniques and approaches, reflects that the field of sexual selection is being constantly expanded and enriched

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)558-563
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Zoology
Volume59
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Mating success
  • Mating system
  • Postcopulatory sexual selection
  • Reproductive success
  • Sex roles
  • Sexual selection

Cite this

Fritzsche, Karoline ; Booksmythe, Isobel. / The measurement of sexual selection on females and males. In: Current Zoology. 2013 ; Vol. 59, No. 4. pp. 558-563.
@article{e9aaff73930b41e2a39b51f8e3bbb220,
title = "The measurement of sexual selection on females and males",
abstract = "As in any field of research, the study of sexual selection is subject to ongoing debate over definitions and interpreta-tions of the fundamental concepts involved. These arguments generally promote progress, as they highlight areas where current explanations are incomplete. Here we briefly review two ongoing discussions in the sexual selection literature. First, the defini-tion of sexual selection has received renewed interest in light of increasing research effort into when and how it operates in fe-males. Second, how best to measure sexual selection is an ongoing subject of debate; in practice, recognition that the appropriate measures depend on the focus of the specific study, and that multiple measures should be employed wherever possible, seems to provide the most informative approach. The wide scope of recent empirical work in these and related areas, with the application of new techniques and approaches, reflects that the field of sexual selection is being constantly expanded and enriched",
keywords = "Mating success, Mating system, Postcopulatory sexual selection, Reproductive success, Sex roles, Sexual selection",
author = "Karoline Fritzsche and Isobel Booksmythe",
year = "2013",
month = "1",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1093/czoolo/59.4.558",
language = "English",
volume = "59",
pages = "558--563",
journal = "Current Zoology",
issn = "1674-5507",
publisher = "Oxford University Press",
number = "4",

}

The measurement of sexual selection on females and males. / Fritzsche, Karoline; Booksmythe, Isobel.

In: Current Zoology, Vol. 59, No. 4, 01.01.2013, p. 558-563.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

TY - JOUR

T1 - The measurement of sexual selection on females and males

AU - Fritzsche, Karoline

AU - Booksmythe, Isobel

PY - 2013/1/1

Y1 - 2013/1/1

N2 - As in any field of research, the study of sexual selection is subject to ongoing debate over definitions and interpreta-tions of the fundamental concepts involved. These arguments generally promote progress, as they highlight areas where current explanations are incomplete. Here we briefly review two ongoing discussions in the sexual selection literature. First, the defini-tion of sexual selection has received renewed interest in light of increasing research effort into when and how it operates in fe-males. Second, how best to measure sexual selection is an ongoing subject of debate; in practice, recognition that the appropriate measures depend on the focus of the specific study, and that multiple measures should be employed wherever possible, seems to provide the most informative approach. The wide scope of recent empirical work in these and related areas, with the application of new techniques and approaches, reflects that the field of sexual selection is being constantly expanded and enriched

AB - As in any field of research, the study of sexual selection is subject to ongoing debate over definitions and interpreta-tions of the fundamental concepts involved. These arguments generally promote progress, as they highlight areas where current explanations are incomplete. Here we briefly review two ongoing discussions in the sexual selection literature. First, the defini-tion of sexual selection has received renewed interest in light of increasing research effort into when and how it operates in fe-males. Second, how best to measure sexual selection is an ongoing subject of debate; in practice, recognition that the appropriate measures depend on the focus of the specific study, and that multiple measures should be employed wherever possible, seems to provide the most informative approach. The wide scope of recent empirical work in these and related areas, with the application of new techniques and approaches, reflects that the field of sexual selection is being constantly expanded and enriched

KW - Mating success

KW - Mating system

KW - Postcopulatory sexual selection

KW - Reproductive success

KW - Sex roles

KW - Sexual selection

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84881508769&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1093/czoolo/59.4.558

DO - 10.1093/czoolo/59.4.558

M3 - Article

VL - 59

SP - 558

EP - 563

JO - Current Zoology

JF - Current Zoology

SN - 1674-5507

IS - 4

ER -