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Male Competition and Speciation

Guest Editors:  Alycia Lackey (alycia.reynolds@gmail.com), Michael Martin (mdmartin7@gmail.com), and Robin Tinghitella (Robin.Tinghitella@du.edu)
Deadline for title submission: April 1, 2017.
Deadline for manuscript submission:  June 10, 2017.
Manucript handling (paper reviewing + revision): August 30, 2017.
Publication:  6th issue, 2017.

Despite our long-standing pursuit to understand the evolution and maintenance of new species, we still lack a clear understanding of mechanisms of speciation. Speciation remains an important focus due to its role in the evolution and maintenance of biodiversity; this is particularly critical given current and predicted global change and loss of biodiversity. Sexual selection is a powerful source of rapid evolutionary change, and there is a long-standing hypothesis that it can cause reproductive isolation (i.e., when male mating signals and female preferences for those signals diversify). However, this understanding of speciation by sexual selection is largely limited to sexual selection via female mate choice. Male competition for mates, Darwin’s second mechanism of sexual selection, can also favor rapid and dramatic phenotypic and genotypic changes, yet it has been all but overlooked in speciation research.

This special column will address when and how male competition can generate or maintain population or species differences. The aims of this special column are to:

1) expand our current speciation framework to include the contribution of male competition to speciation by sexual selection
2) examine the importance of male competition at different stages of divergence (e.g., within populations, between diverging populations, between distinct species)
3) explore the diversity of mechanisms by which male competition drives divergence
4) motivate future work by identifying unanswered questions

A title should be sent to the guest editors and manuscripts should be submitted before the deadline. Manuscripts received after the deadline will be considered as submissions for regular issues.

Submitted papers should not have been published previously, nor will be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Submitted manuscripts are accepted with the understanding that they are subject to peer review and editorial revision.  Publication is free of page charges.
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