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Theories and models

Section edited by Laura Kubatko and Arne Traulsen

This section considers studies in mathematical modeling of evolutionary processes and research into theoretical areas.

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  1. Content type: Research article

    Organisms are expected to respond to changing environmental conditions through local adaptation, range shift or local extinction. The process of local adaptation can occur by genetic changes or phenotypic plas...

    Authors: Daniel Romero-Mujalli, Florian Jeltsch and Ralph Tiedemann

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:175

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    The evolution of multi-cellular animals has produced a conspicuous trend toward increased body size. This trend has introduced at least two novel problems: an expected elevated risk of somatic disorders, such ...

    Authors: Andrii Rozhok and James DeGregori

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:172

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  3. Content type: Research article

    For the understanding of human nature, the evolutionary roots of human moral behaviour are a key precondition. Our question is as follows: Can the altruistic moral rule “Risk your life to save your family memb...

    Authors: József Garay, Barnabás M. Garay, Zoltán Varga, Villő Csiszár and Tamás F. Móri

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:147

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Local adaptation of marine and diadromous species is thought to be a product of larval dispersal, settlement mortality, and differential reproductive success, particularly in heterogeneous post-settlement habi...

    Authors: Kristine N. Moody, Johanna L. K. Wren, Donald R. Kobayashi, Michael J. Blum, Margaret B. Ptacek, Richard W. Blob, Robert J. Toonen, Heiko L. Schoenfuss and Michael J. Childress

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:88

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  5. Content type: Methodology article

    An excess of nonsynonymous substitutions, over neutrality, is considered evidence of positive Darwinian selection. Inference for proteins often relies on estimation of the nonsynonymous to synonymous ratio (ω = d

    Authors: Katherine A. Dunn, Toby Kenney, Hong Gu and Joseph P. Bielawski

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2019 19:22

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  6. Content type: Research article

    A strong variability in cancer incidence is observed between human organs. Recently, it has been suggested that the relative contribution of organs to organism fitness (reproduction or survival) could explain ...

    Authors: Cindy Gidoin, Beata Ujvari, Frédéric Thomas and Benjamin Roche

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:185

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  7. Content type: Methodology article

    Following recent advances in bioimaging, high-resolution 3D models of biological structures are now generated rapidly and at low-cost. To use this data to address evolutionary and ecological questions, an arra...

    Authors: James D. Gardiner, Julia Behnsen and Charlotte A. Brassey

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:184

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Macroevolutionary modeling of species diversification plays important roles in inferring large-scale biodiversity patterns. It allows estimation of speciation and extinction rates and statistically testing the...

    Authors: Jingchun Li, Jen-Pen Huang, Jeet Sukumaran and L. Lacey Knowles

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:123

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  9. Content type: Methodology article

    Phylogenetic comparative methods allow us to test evolutionary hypotheses without the benefit of an extensive fossil record. These methods, however, make simplifying assumptions, among them that clades are alw...

    Authors: Andrew G. Simpson, Peter J. Wagner, Scott L. Wing and Charles B. Fenster

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2018 18:69

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  10. Content type: Review

    Recently, important discoveries regarding the archaeon that functioned as the “host” in the merger with a bacterium that led to the eukaryotes, its “complex” nature, and its phylogenetic relationship to eukary...

    Authors: P.T.S. van der Gulik, W.D. Hoff and D. Speijer

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:218

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  11. Content type: Methodology article

    Estimating the variability in isolation times across co-distributed taxon pairs that may have experienced the same allopatric isolating mechanism is a core goal of comparative phylogeography. The use of hierar...

    Authors: Isaac Overcast, Justin C. Bagley and Michael J. Hickerson

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:203

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  12. Content type: Research article

    B4galnt2 is a blood group-related glycosyltransferase that displays cis-regulatory variation for its tissue-specific expression patterns in house mice. The wild type allele, found e.g....

    Authors: Marie Vallier, Maria Abou Chakra, Laura Hindersin, Miriam Linnenbrink, Arne Traulsen and John F. Baines

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:187

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  13. Content type: Research Article

    Hundreds of herbarium collections have accumulated a valuable heritage and knowledge of plants over several centuries. Recent initiatives started ambitious preservation plans to digitize this information and m...

    Authors: Jose Carranza-Rojas, Herve Goeau, Pierre Bonnet, Erick Mata-Montero and Alexis Joly

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:181

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  14. Content type: Research Article

    Over the last 300 years, interactions between alewives and zooplankton communities in several lakes in the U.S. have caused the alewives’ morphology to transition rapidly from anadromous to landlocked. Lakes w...

    Authors: Jung koo Kang and Xavier Thibert-Plante

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:58

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  15. Content type: Research Article

    Blindness has evolved repeatedly in cave-dwelling organisms, and many hypotheses have been proposed to explain this observation, including both accumulation of neutral loss-of-function mutations and adaptation...

    Authors: Reed A. Cartwright, Rachel S. Schwartz, Alexandra L. Merry and Megan M. Howell

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:45

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  16. Content type: Research Article

    Gene duplication has been identified as a key process driving functional change in many genomes. Several biological models exist for the evolution of a pair of duplicates after a duplication event, and it is b...

    Authors: Tristan L. Stark, David A. Liberles, Barbara R. Holland and Małgorzata M. O’Reilly

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2017 17:38

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  17. Content type: Research article

    Colour polymorphic species provide invaluable insight into processes that generate and maintain intra-specific variation. Despite an increasing understanding of the genetic basis of discrete morphs, sources of...

    Authors: Katrina J. Rankin, Claire A. McLean, Darrell J. Kemp and Devi Stuart-Fox

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:179

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  18. Content type: Research Article

    Social learning is potentially advantageous, but evolutionary theory predicts that (i) its benefits may be self-limiting because social learning can lead to information parasitism, and (ii) these limitations c...

    Authors: Daniel J. van der Post, Mathias Franz and Kevin N. Laland

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:166

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Human influenza virus A/H3N2 undergoes rapid adaptive evolution in response to host immunity. Positively selected amino acid substitutions have been detected mainly in the hemagglutinin (HA) segment. The genea...

    Authors: Kangchon Kim and Yuseob Kim

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:156

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  20. Content type: Research Article

    Organisms have evolved a variety of defence mechanisms against natural enemies, which are typically used at the expense of other life history components. Induced defence mechanisms impose minor costs when path...

    Authors: Tsukushi Kamiya, Leonardo Oña, Bregje Wertheim and G. Sander van Doorn

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:92

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  21. Content type: Research Article

    Mixed dispersal syndromes have historically been regarded as a bet-hedging mechanism that enhances survivorship in unpredictable environments, ensuring that some propagules stay in the maternal environment whi...

    Authors: Jorge Hidalgo, Rafael Rubio de Casas and Miguel Á.Muñoz

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:71

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  22. Content type: Research article

    Darwin and the architects of the Modern Synthesis found sympatric speciation difficult to explain and suggested it is unlikely to occur. Increasingly, evidence over the past few decades suggest that sympatric ...

    Authors: Wayne M. Getz, Richard Salter, Dana Paige Seidel and Pim van Hooft

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:50

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  23. Content type: Research article

    Dosage balance has been described as an important process for the retention of duplicate genes after whole genome duplication events. However, dosage balance is only a temporary mechanism for duplicate gene re...

    Authors: Ashley I. Teufel, Liang Liu and David A. Liberles

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2016 16:45

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  24. Content type: Research Article

    The glucose effect is a well known phenomenon whereby cells, when presented with two different nutrients, show a diauxic growth pattern, i.e. an episode of exponential growth followed by a lag phase of reduced...

    Authors: Dominique F. Chu

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015 15:211

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  25. Content type: RESEARCH COLLECTION

    Recent methodological advances allow better examination of speciation and extinction processes and patterns. A major open question is the origin of large discrepancies in species number between groups of the s...

    Authors: Sacha Laurent, Marc Robinson-Rechavi and Nicolas Salamin

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2015 15:157

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  26. Content type: Research article

    The quasispecies model refers to information carriers that undergo self-replication with errors. A quasispecies is a steady-state population of biopolymer sequence variants generated by mutations from a master...

    Authors: Renan Gross, Itzhak Fouxon, Doron Lancet and Omer Markovitch

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:265

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  27. Content type: Research article

    The allele frequency spectrum (AFS) consists of counts of the number of single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) loci with derived variants present at each given frequency in a sample. Multiple approaches have rec...

    Authors: John D Robinson, Alec J Coffman, Michael J Hickerson and Ryan N Gutenkunst

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:254

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  28. Content type: Methodology Article

    The value of a continuous character evolving on a phylogenetic tree is commonly modelled as the location of a particle moving under one-dimensional Brownian motion with constant rate. The Brownian motion model...

    Authors: Michael G Elliot and Arne Ø Mooers

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:226

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  29. Content type: Research article

    RNA or RNA-like polymers are the most likely candidates for having played the lead roles on the stage of the origin of life. RNA is known to feature two of the three essential functions of living entities (met...

    Authors: Balázs Könnyű and Tamás Czárán

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:234

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  30. Content type: Research article

    Brain signaling requires energy. The cost of maintaining and supporting energetically demanding neurons is the key constraint on brain size. The dramatic increase in brain size among mammals and birds cannot b...

    Authors: Yuguo Yu, Jan Karbowski, Robert NS Sachdev and Jianfeng Feng

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:178

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Drosophila Dscam1 is a cell-surface protein that plays important roles in neural development and axon tiling of neurons. It is known that thousands of isoforms bind themselves through specific homophilic interact...

    Authors: Guang-Zhong Wang, Simone Marini, Xinyun Ma, Qiang Yang, Xuegong Zhang and Yan Zhu

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:186

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  32. Content type: Research article

    The relationship between allopolyploidy and plant virus resistance is poorly understood. To determine the relationship of plant evolutionary history and basal virus resistance, a panel of Nicotiana species from d...

    Authors: John Gottula, Ramsey Lewis, Seiya Saito and Marc Fuchs

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:149

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Protein sites evolve at different rates due to functional and biophysical constraints. It is usually considered that the main structural determinant of a site’s rate of evolution is its Relative Solvent Access...

    Authors: Tsun-Tsao Huang, María Laura del Valle Marcos, Jenn-Kang Hwang and Julian Echave

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:78

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  34. Content type: Research article

    As it becomes increasingly possible to obtain DNA sequences of orthologous genes from diverse sets of taxa, species trees are frequently being inferred from multilocus data. However, the behavior of many metho...

    Authors: Michael DeGiorgio, John Syring, Andrew J Eckert, Aaron Liston, Richard Cronn, David B Neale and Noah A Rosenberg

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2014 14:67

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Host-parasite coevolution is generally believed to follow Red Queen dynamics consisting of ongoing oscillations in the frequencies of interacting host and parasite alleles. This belief is founded on previous t...

    Authors: Chaitanya S Gokhale, Andrei Papkou, Arne Traulsen and Hinrich Schulenburg

    Citation: BMC Evolutionary Biology 2013 13:254

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2018 Journal Metrics

  • Citation Impact
    3.045 - 2-year Impact Factor
    3.559 - 5-year Impact Factor
    1.15 - Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP)
    1.687 - SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)


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