Journal article

Reproductive phenology across the lunar cycle: parental decisions, offspring responses, and consequences for reef fish

Jeffrey S Shima, Craig W Osenberg, Suzanne H Alonzo, Erik G Noonburg, Pauline Mitterwallner, Stephen E Swearer

ECOLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2020


Most organisms reproduce in a dynamic environment, and life-history theory predicts that this can favor the evolution of strategies that capitalize on good times and avoid bad times. When offspring experience these environmental changes, fitness can depend strongly upon environmental conditions at birth and at later life stages. Consequently, fitness will be influenced by the reproductive decisions of parents (i.e., birth date effects) and developmental decisions (e.g., adaptive plasticity) of their offspring. We explored the consequences of these decisions using a highly iteroparous coral reef fish (the sixbar wrasse, Thalassoma hardwicke) and in a system where both parental and offspring e..

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Awarded by Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden Fund

Awarded by U.S. National Science Foundation

Funding Acknowledgements

P. Caie, K. Hillyer, D. McNaughtan, and J. You-Sing assisted with sample collection, otolith extraction, and/or processing. N. Raventos (CEAB Otolith Research Lab) quantified otolith microstructure. O. Ronce facilitated access to sabbatical workspace and facilities at the Institut des Sciences de l'Evolution de Montpellier for JSS, and also provided useful discussion. S. Sponaugle and an anonymous reviewer provided thoughtful comments that improved this paper. Research grants from the Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden Fund (VUW1503, 2016-2020), the U.S. National Science Foundation (OCE- 1130359), and Victoria University of Wellington provided funding. Victoria University Coastal Ecology Lab and the UC Gump Research Station provided essential logistic support.