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Evolutionary and Behavioral Ecology

Hope Klug, Ph.D.

 Hope Klug


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Mating systems, social interaction, and parental effort are intimately linked to patterns of sexual selection, life-history, and the ways in which the environment shapes the evolution of different sexes. This is the focus of my research: I study the selective pressures that give rise to different mating systems, patterns of sexual selection, and behavior such as parental care. I use a combination of field and laboratory observation, manipulative experiments, and mathematical modeling to advance and test theory.

Sample Publications

Klug, H., Bonsall, M.B., & Alonzo, S.H. 2013. The origin of parental care in relation to male and female life history. Ecology & Evolution 3:779-791

Klug, H., Bonsall, M.B., & Alonzo, S.H. 2013. Sex differences in life history drive transitions between maternal, paternal, and bi-parental care. Ecology & Evolution. 3:792-806.

Klug, H. & Bonsall, M.B. reviewed & in revision for resubmission. What are the benefits of parental care? American Naturalist.

Kokko, H., Klug, H., & Jennions, M.J. in review. “Mating systems theory,” in The evolution of Insect Mating Systems. 

Kokko, H., Klug, H., & Jennions, M.D. 2012. Unifying cornerstones of sexual selection: operational sex ratio, Bateman gradient, and the scope for competitive investment.Ecology Letters. 15:1340-1351.

Jennions, M.J, Kokko, H., & Klug, H. 2012. The opportunity to be misled in studies of sexual selection. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 25:591-598.

Kazancioğlu, E. Klug, H, & Alonzo, S.H. 2012. The evolution of social interactions changes predictions about interacting phenotypes. Evolution. DOI: 10.1111/j.1558-5646.2012.01585.x

Alonzo, S.H. & Klug, H. 2012. “Maternity, paternity and parental care” in The Evolution of Parental Care (eds. N.J. Royle, P.T. Smiseth & M. Kölliker). in press.

Klug, H., Alonzo, S.H. & Bonsall, M.B. 2012. “Theoretical foundations of parental care” inThe Evolution of Parental Care (eds. N.J. Royle, P.T. Smiseth & M. Kölliker). in press.

Klug, H. 2011. Animal mating systems. Encyclopedia of Life Sciences. DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0022553

Bonsall, M.B. & Klug, H. 2011. The evolution of parental care in stochastic environments.Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 24:645-655.

Bonsall, M.B. & Klug, H. 2011. Effects of among offspring relatedness on the evolution of parental care. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 24:1335-1350.

Klug, H., Lindström, K. & Kokko, H. 2010. Who to include in measures of sexual selection is no trivial matter. Ecology Letters. 13:1094-1102.

Klug, H., Heuschele, J., Jennions, M.D. & Kokko, H. 2010. The mismeasurement of sexual selection. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 23(3):447-462. 

Klug, H. & Bonsall, M.B. 2010. Life history and the evolution of parental care. Evolution. 64(3):823-835.  

Sample Grants

2013 Pending: National Science Foundation: MRI: Acquisition of growth chambers for global change biology research and research training at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. NSF Division of Biological Infrastructure, Major Research Instrumentation. ($342,945) (PI: J. Boyd; Co-PIs: S. Chatzimanolis, H. Klug, J. Shaw, & T. Wilson)

2012 University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Faculty Development Grant ($500) (Co-PI with S. Chatzimanolis)

2012 University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Faculty Development Grant ($1,500)

2010 International Society for Behavioral Ecology Travel Award ($2,000)

2008-2010 National Science Foundation International Research Program: The Role of Resource Competition and Density Dependence in Sexual Selection Theory ($174, 362) (PI)

2006-2008 National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant: The evolutionary significance of filial cannibalism in fishes with parental care ($12,000) (Co-PI with H. J. Brockmann)

2004-2007 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship ($102,000)