Mate choice in a changing world

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Human activities by altering environmental conditions are influencing the mate choice of animals. This is by impacts on: (i) the production and expression of traits evaluated by mate choosers; (ii) the transmission of information about potential mates to choosers; (iii) the reception and processing of the information by choosers; and (iv) the final mate choice. Here, I first discuss how these four stages of the mate-choice process can be altered by environmental change, and how these alterations, in turn, can influence individuals, populations, and communities. Much evidence exists for human-induced environmental changes influencing mate choice, but the consequences for the fitness of courters and choosers are less well known, and even less is known about the impact on population dynamics, species interactions and community composition. More evidence exists for altered mate-choice systems influencing interspecific matings and thereby community composition and biodiversity. I then consider whether plastic adjustments and evolutionary changes can rescue adaptive mate-choice systems, and reflect on the possibility of non-adaptive mate-choice systems becoming less maladaptive under environmental change. Much evidence exists for plastic adjustments of mate-choice systems, but whether these are adaptive is seldom known, as is the contribution of genetic changes. Finally, I contemplate the possibility of mate-choice systems rescuing populations from decline in changing environments. I explain how this is context dependent with both positive and negative outcomes possible. In summary, while much evidence exists for human-induced environmental changes influencing mate-choice systems, less is known about the consequences for ecological and evolutionary processes. Considering the importance that mate choice plays in determining individual fitness and population viability, the effects of environmental change on mate-choice systems should be considered in studies on the ecological and evolutionary consequences of human disturbances to habitats.

Original languageEnglish
JournalBiological Reviews
Volume94
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)1246-1260
Number of pages15
ISSN1464-7931
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • ACOUSTIC NICHE
  • ADAPTIVE PLASTICITY
  • BEHAVIORAL-RESPONSES
  • CLIMATE-CHANGE
  • EVOLUTIONARY CONSEQUENCES
  • MATING PREFERENCES
  • PHENOTYPIC PLASTICITY
  • REPRODUCTIVE INTERFERENCE
  • SEXUALLY SELECTED TRAITS
  • TRAFFIC NOISE
  • communication
  • courtship
  • environmental change
  • female choice
  • male-male competition
  • multimodal
  • multiple cues
  • ornamentation
  • sexual selection
  • signal interactions
  • 1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology

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Candolin, Ulrika. / Mate choice in a changing world. In: Biological Reviews. 2019 ; Vol. 94, No. 4. pp. 1246-1260.
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Mate choice in a changing world. / Candolin, Ulrika.

In: Biological Reviews, Vol. 94, No. 4, 08.2019, p. 1246-1260.

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