You should pay attention to the structure of the paper itself since you will be performing your own research and writing it up formally during the course of the semester
Note that Appendix A of the lab manual explains the format and purpose of a general scientific paper
In several weeks, you and a partner will hand in a brief summary of the paper to your Lab Instructor, and orally present a summary of the paper to a small group of your classmates. The rubric for this assignment can be found on your Lab Instructor's page, as well as a copy of the peer evaluation form
Description of organism and location in the Tree of Life
Description of the notable behavior or 'equipment' and how it confers advantage upon those possessing it
A summary of key data presented and how it contributes to conclusions/findings
Presentation should be 5-7 minutes max; less is fine if you clearly convey the biology and data involved.
You should arrive at class next week having found your paper and considered its presentation so you can discuss any questions with your Lab Instructor
List of Papers
Can’t we all just get along? Holland and Rice. 1999. Experimental removal of sexual selection reverses intersexual antagonistic coevolution and removes reproductive load. Proceedings of the National Academy Sciences USA, 96, 5083-5088.
My dad couldn’t sing either. Cade. 1981. Alternative Male Strategies: Genetic Differences in Crickets. Science, 212 (4494), 563-564.
My son looks a lot like the milkman. Leibgold, et al. 2006. Multiple paternity in a salamander with socially monogamous behaviour. Molecular Ecology, 15, 4153-4160.
Not tonight dear, I have a copulatory plug. Shine, et al. 2000. Chastity belts in Garter snakes: the functional significance of mating plugs. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 70, 377-390.
I’m sorry. Is my cologne too strong? Conner et al. 2000. Chemical Defense: Bestowal of a nuptial alkaloidal garment by a male moth on its mate. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 97 (26), 144406-14411.
Everyone to the dance floor; it’s ladies’ choice. Gwynne and Simmons. 1990. Experimental reversal of courtship roles in an insect. Nature, 346, 172-174.
Is that the spot? Cordoba-Aguilar. 1999. Male copulatory sensory stimulation induces female ejection of rival sperm in a damselfly. Proceedings: Biological Science, 266 (1421), 779-784.
Being female isn’t so tough; here, I’ll show you. Berglund. 1986. Sex change by a polychaete: effects of social and reproductive costs. Ecology, 67 (4), 836-845.
Ladies love a male who can sing, even if it kills him. Gray and Cade. 1999. Sex, death and genetic variation: natural and sexual selection on cricket song. Proceedings: Biological Sciences, 266 (1420), 707-709.
It’s all fun and games until someone loses an opportunity to mate. Simmons et al. 1999. Sperm competition games played by dimorphic male beetles. Proceedings: Biological Sciences, 266, 145-150
Bigger, faster, fewer. Gomendio and Roldan. 1991. Sperm competition influences sperm size in mammals. Proceedings: Biological Sciences, 243 (1308), 181-185.
That was so good, I want to eat you. Elgar and Nash. 1988. Sexual cannibalism in the garden spider Araneus diadematus. Animal Behaviour, 36 (5), 1511-1517.
Dear Abby, is it good to shoot my mate with a sperm dart? Koene. 2006. Tales of two snails: sexual selection and sexual conflict in Lymnaea stagnalis and Helix aspersa. Integrative and Comparative Biology, 46 (4), 419-429.
Lipstick on your collar… made me hot for you. Dugatkin. 1996. Interface between culturally based preferences and genetic preferences: Female mate choice in Poecilia reticulata. Proceedings of the National Academy Sciences USA, 93 (7), 2770-2773.
How can lizards play rock-paper-scissors? Sinervo and Lively.1996. The rock-scissors-paper game and the evolution of alternative male strategies. Nature 380, 240-246
Mmmmm, that smell makes me want to eat you up Eisner et al..1997. Firefly femmes fatales acquire defensive steroids (lucibufagins) from their firefly prey. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, 94, 9723-9728
In the 1990s, biologist Marion Petrie of the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne showed Darwin's hunch to be true. On average, peacocks have 150 "eyes" on their tails. By clipping off just a few of those eyes, Petrie found he could significantly reduce a male's chances of mating; males with fewer than 130 eyes rarely mated at all. Petrie reasoned that the healthier a peacock was, the more he could invest in the production of eyes—something that peahens clearly saw for themselves.
From PBS 'Intelligent design on trial'
From The Score by Faye Flam
Duck penis have a spiral, but duck vaginas have opposite spiral
work of Patricia Brennan, Yale University
Steve O'Shea, giant squid expert, New Zealand (The Score by Faye Flam)
Male uses penis as hypodermic needle, injecting 4" tadpole-shaped 'sperm carriers' (w/ thousands of sperm inside)
Penis 5 feet long flaccid
Nico Michiels of Tubingen as reported by Faye Flam in The Score
polyclad flatworm male squirts corrosive semen that burns holes in other flatworms (hermaphros)
in Pseuderos bifurcus, hermaphrodites 'fight', whoever gets injected by other's penis becomes pregnant
Barry Sinervo, as reported by Faye Flam in The Score
A drake’s penis substantially wastes away at the end of one breeding season and then regrows as the next season begins. Among lesser scaup and ruddy ducks, the regrowth varies in length or timing depending on whether males have to compete with a bunch of other guys, said Patricia Brennan of Yale University