Kinsey M Brock

Kinsey M Brock
University of California, Berkeley | UCB · Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management

Doctor of Philosophy
NSF postdoc at UC Berkeley and National Kapodistrian University of Athens

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Introduction
Evolution and ecology and lacertid lizards. Focal study system is trait evolution in the Aegean wall lizard (Podarcis erhardii).
Additional affiliations
September 2011 - December 2013
University of Michigan
Position
  • Graduate Student Instructor

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Publications (16)
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Color polymorphism defies evolutionary expectations as striking phenotypic variation is maintained within a single species. Color and other traits mediate social interactions, and stable polymorphism within a population is hypothesized to be related to correlational selection of other phenotypic traits among color morphs. Here, we report on a previ...
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1.Body size often varies among insular populations relative to continental conspecifics – the “island rule” – and functional, context-dependent morphological differences tend to track this body size variation on islands.2.Two hypotheses are often proposed as potential drivers of insular population differences in morphology: one relating to diet, an...
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Global change, including habitat isolation and climate change, has both short- and long-term impacts on wildlife populations. For example, genetic drift and inbreeding result in genetic impoverishment in small, isolated populations, while species undergo range shifts or adaptive phenotypic change in response to shifts in environmental temperatures....
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Color polymorphism - two or more heritable color phenotypes maintained within a single breeding population - is an extreme type of intra-specific diversity widespread across the tree of life but rarely studied in a comparative framework. Color polymorphism is thought to be an engine for speciation, where morph loss or divergence between distinct co...
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Understanding the relative importance of sexual and natural selection in shaping morphological traits is a long‐standing goal of evolutionary ecology. Male‐biased sexual size dimorphism (SSD) is typically associated with male‐male competition. Similarly, male polymorphisms are considered a consequence of competitive social interactions. This classi...
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Variation in color morph behavior is an important factor in the maintenance of color polymorphism. Alternative anti-predator behaviors are often associated with morphological traits such as coloration, possibly because predator-mediated viability selection favors certain combinations of anti-predator behavior and color. The Aegean wall lizard, Poda...
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The study of island taxa can help reveal the mechanisms of natural selection when it acts on small, isolated populations. To elucidate how small populations evolve in high-competition, low-predation environments, we examined differences in morphological characteristics, tail autotomy rates, and home range sizes in several populations of Aegean Wall...
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The study of island taxa can help reveal the mechanisms of natural selection when it acts on small, isolated populations. To elucidate how small populations evolve in high-competition, low-predation environments, we examined differences in morphological characteristics, tail autotomy rates, and home range sizes in several populations of Aegean Wall...
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Color polymorphism – two or more heritable color phenotypes maintained within a single breeding population – is an extreme type of intra-specific diversity widespread across the tree of life. Color polymorphism is hypothesized to be an engine for speciation, where morph loss or divergence between distinct color morphs within a species results in th...
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Organisms generally have many defenses against predation yet may lack effective defenses if from populations without predators. Evolutionary theory predicts that ‘costly’ antipredator behaviors will be selected against when predation risk diminishes. We examined antipredator behaviors in Aegean wall lizards, Podarcis erhardii, across an archipelago...
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ABSTRACT: Few data exist on the diet of reptiles from East Mediterranean islands, especially for meso-predators such as Podarcis lizards. We describe for the first time instances of frugivory and intra-specific ovophagy in two species of Podacris island lizards that until now, have exclusively been described as insectivorous. KEY WORDS: feeding ec...
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Over evolutionary time, many organisms have developed an array of antipredator defenses to avoid and escape predation. Evolutionary theory predicts that ???costly??? antipredator behaviors are to be selected against in the event a prey becomes isolated from predators. Predator na??vet??, the ignorance of prey to threats imposed by predator species,...

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