Alternative phenotypes (different types of individuals in the same species) are central for the origin of new attributes, diversification of animal form and even origin of new species. The aim of this project is to conceptualize them as collections of unobservable traits and test this idea from different angles: (1) understand how alternative phenotypes respond to selection on genetic thresholds, (2) estimate the strength of genetic conflict between different phenotypes and (3) unveil the forces that drive evolutionary gains and losses of all-or-none expression. This low-cost project will generate 3 publications in journals with impact factor >4, and will strongly increase my chance of attracting a Future Fellowship to Macquarie University.
|Short title||Artificial selection for unobservable traits: the evolutionary potential of alternative phenotypes|
|Effective start/end date||1/01/19 → 31/12/19|