Special Issue "Symmetry in Ecology and Evolution: Concepts, Patterns and Statistical Analyses"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 February 2022.
Interests: evolutionary ecology; developmental instability; fluctuating asymmetry; biostatistics; fitness; stress
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For decades, morphological asymmetries have been of interest to biologists.
Conspicuous asymmetries have raised important evolutionary questions including ‘why do fiddler crabs have one larger claw?’ and ‘why is the large tusk of the narwhal always on the left side?’.
More subtle asymmetries, termed fluctuating asymmetry, have been of interest as a measure of developmental instability. Fluctuating asymmetry (FA) potentially reflects (developmental) stress and quality or fitness for both individuals and populations in an ecological and evolutionary framework. Challenges of this research have been enormous, which have shaped it into a demanding and inspirational discipline.
Links between FA and measures of stress and quality are very heterogeneous and very little is known about the biological origins of this variation. Do morphological asymmetries function as a signal of quality and health of individuals or does it covary with variation in signals? How can subtle asymmetries in size and shape be estimated accurately and what biological phenomena do they reflect? These are just a selection of challenges that remain. The aim of this Special Issue on “Symmetry in Ecology and Evolution: Concepts, Patterns and Statistical analyses” is to continue highlighting these open questions.
Prof. Dr. Stefan Van Dongen
Manuscript Submission Information
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Symmetry is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
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- fluctuating asymmetry
- developmental instability
- ecology, evolution
- sexual selection
- natural selection