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Parental cooperation in a changing climate: fluctuating environments predict shifts in care division

Vincze, Orsolya, Kosztolányi, András, Barta, Zoltán, Küpper, Clemens, Alrashidi, Monif, Amat, Juan A., Argüelles Ticó, Araceli, Burns, Fiona, Cavitt, John, Conway, Warren C., Cruz-López, Medardo, Desucre-Medrano, Atahualpa Eduardo, dos Remedios, Natalie, Figuerola, Jordi, Galindo-Espinosa, Daniel, García-Peña, Gabriel E., Gómez Del Angel, Salvador, Gratto-Trevor, Cheri, Jönsson, Paul, Lloyd, Penn, Montalvo, Tomás, Parra, Jorge Enrique, Pruner, Raya, Que, Pinjia, Liu, Yang, Saalfeld, Sarah T., Schulz, Rainer, Serra, Lorenzo, St Clair, James J.H., Stenzel, Lynne E., Weston, Michael A., Yasué, Maï, Zefania, Sama and Székely, Tamás 2016, Parental cooperation in a changing climate: fluctuating environments predict shifts in care division, Global ecology and biogeography, vol. In Press, pp. 1-12, doi: 10.1111/geb.12540.

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Title Parental cooperation in a changing climate: fluctuating environments predict shifts in care division
Author(s) Vincze, Orsolya
Kosztolányi, András
Barta, Zoltán
Küpper, Clemens
Alrashidi, Monif
Amat, Juan A.
Argüelles Ticó, Araceli
Burns, Fiona
Cavitt, John
Conway, Warren C.
Cruz-López, Medardo
Desucre-Medrano, Atahualpa Eduardo
dos Remedios, Natalie
Figuerola, Jordi
Galindo-Espinosa, Daniel
García-Peña, Gabriel E.
Gómez Del Angel, Salvador
Gratto-Trevor, Cheri
Jönsson, Paul
Lloyd, Penn
Montalvo, Tomás
Parra, Jorge Enrique
Pruner, Raya
Que, Pinjia
Liu, Yang
Saalfeld, Sarah T.
Schulz, Rainer
Serra, Lorenzo
St Clair, James J.H.
Stenzel, Lynne E.
Weston, Michael A.
Yasué, Maï
Zefania, Sama
Székely, Tamás
Journal name Global ecology and biogeography
Volume number In Press
Start page 1
End page 12
Total pages 12
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Place of publication Chichester, Eng.
Publication date 2016-11
ISSN 1466-822X
Keyword(s) climate
environmental stochasticity
global change
parental care
parental cooperation
seasonal environment
Summary Aim: Parental care improves the survival of offspring and therefore has a major impact on reproductive success. It is increasingly recognized that coordinated biparental care is necessary to ensure the survival of offspring in hostile environments, but little is known about the influence of environmental fluctuations on parental cooperation. Assessing the impacts of environmental stochasticity, however, is essential for understanding how populations will respond to climate change and the associated increasing frequencies of extreme weather events. Here we investigate the influence of environmental stochasticity on biparental incubation in a cosmopolitan ground-nesting avian genus.

Location: Global.

Methods: We assembled data on biparental care in 36 plover populations (Charadrius spp.) from six continents, collected between 1981 and 2012. Using a space-for-time approach we investigate how average temperature, temperature stochasticity (i.e. year-to-year variation) and seasonal temperature variation during the breeding season influence parental cooperation during incubation.

We show that both average ambient temperature and its fluctuations influence parental cooperation during incubation. Male care relative to female care increases with both mean ambient temperature and temperature stochasticity. Local climatic conditions explain within-species population differences in parental cooperation, probably reflecting phenotypic plasticity of behaviour. Main conclusions: The degree of flexibility in parental cooperation is likely to mediate the impacts of climate change on the demography and reproductive behaviour of wild animal populations.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/geb.12540
Field of Research 060201 Behavioural Ecology
060801 Animal Behaviour
050101 Ecological Impacts of Climate Change
0602 Ecology
0501 Ecological Applications
Socio Economic Objective 970105 Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, John Wiley & Sons
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