Jodie GruberThe University of Exeter · College of Life and Environmental Science
PhD Evolutionary Behavioural Ecology
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Gene expression levels are key molecular phenotypes at the interplay between genotype and environment. Mounting evidence suggests that short‐term changes in environmental conditions, such as those encountered in captivity, can substantially affect gene expression levels. Yet, the exact magnitude of this effect, how general it is, and whether it res...
The decision to take risks in the presence of a predator involves complex trade-offs between immediate survival and future reproduction. Individuals may gain fitness advantages if they are able to optimally alter their risk-taking strategies depending on the differential costs and benefits of risky behaviours across contexts. Male fiddler crabs (Au...
Behavioural responses to repeated trials in captivity can be driven by many factors including rearing environment, population of origin, habituation to captivity/trial conditions and an individual's behavioural type (e.g., bold versus shy). We tested the effect of rearing environment (captive raised common-garden versus wild-caught) and population...
Invasive species must deal with novel challenges, both from the alien environment and from pressures arising from range expansion per se (e.g. spatial sorting). Those conditions can create geographical variation in behaviour across the invaded range, as has been documented across regions of Australia invaded by cane toads; range-edge toads are more...
Dataset for MS title: Behavioural divergence during biological invasions: a study of cane toads (Rhinella marina) from contrasting environments in Hawai'i
Females are predicted to alter sex allocation when ecological, physiological and behavioural variables have different consequences on the fitness of male and female offspring. Traditionally, tests of sex allocation have examined single causative factors, often ignoring possible interactions between multiple factors. Here we used a multi-factorial a...
Individuals at the leading edge of a biological invasion constantly encounter novel environments. These pioneers may benefit from increased social attraction, because low population densities reduce competition and risks of pathogen transfer, and increase benefits of information transfer. In standardized trials, cane toads (Rhinella marina) from in...
Individuals at the leading edge of expanding biological invasions often show distinctive phenotypic traits, in ways that enhance their ability to disperse rapidly and to function effectively in novel environments. Cane toads (Rhinella marina) at the invasion front in Australia exhibit shifts in morphology, physiology and behaviour (directionality o...
Gruber et al. 2017 Data of behavioural measures from captive-raised and wild-caught cane toads from exploration, risk-taking and neophilia trials
In invasive species, geographically variable evolutionary and ecological pressures can cause the rapid evolution of divergent behavioural phenotypes. Studies on invasive cane toads (Rhinella marina) in tropical Australia have revealed strong (and heritable) shifts in physiological traits related to dispersal rate. Behavioural phenotypes may have ev...
To elucidate the factors driving helping and social behaviour in the primitively eusocial sweat bee Halictus rubicundus