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Evidence that behavioral flexibility and boldness go hand in hand when animals disperse into and adapt to new environments

Miles Bensky took advantage of a series of replicated populations of sticklebacks in Alaska that vary in time since establishment to show evidence that boldness is important for getting into new habitats, and behavioral flexibility is favored when adapting to them. The paper was just published in the American Naturalist – check it out! This …

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New paper on vertical transmission of horizontally acquired cues

Cassie Afseth, Jenn Hellmann and other lab members recently published a paper in Proc B showing that not only do stickleback attend to cues from their father, but fathers also attend to cues from their neighbors, resulting in vertical transmission of horizontally acquired cues of predation risk. The potential for simultaneous vertical and horizontal transmission …

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