Phenotypic Plasticity

When I was a graduate student, I read a paper by Richard Levins on acclimation in Drosophila (1969, Am Nat 103:484-499). I was struck by what Levins did with Drosophila, and especially with his way of thinking about acclimation. That paper—as well his classic 1968 book—inspired a long-standing interest in the adaptive significance (or lack thereof) of phenotypic plasticity. However, I began working seriously on phenotypic plasticity only after switching to Drosophila. Since then my collaborators and I developed a strong-inference approach with complex factorial designs (and associated statistical models) that enabled us to test simultaneously multiple competing hypotheses of how developmental temperature (or even parental temperature) influences adult performance and fitness. This work was largely laboratory. My work here was collaborative, primarily with Wayne Crill (CDC), George Gilchrist (College of William & Mary), David Berrigan (NIH), Joel Kingsolver (University of North Carolina), and Patricia Gibert, Jean David, and Brigite Moreteau (CNRS, Gif-sur-Yvette). I am not currently doing work along these lines.

Phenotypically plastic lizards Barry Sinervo, 1994

Representative Huey Papers on Phenotypic Plasticity

1995. Bigger isn't always better: developmental and parental temperature and male territoriality in Drosophila melanogaster. Anim. Behav. 49:671-677. (Second author, with K. Zamudio and W. D. Crill).
1995. Effects of parental, developmental, and laying temperatures on early fecundity of Drosophila melanogaster. Heredity 74:216-223. (First author, with T. Wakefield and W. D. Crill).
1996. Testing evolutionary hypotheses of acclimation. Pp. 205-237, in I. A. Johnston and A. F. Bennett, eds., Animals and Temperature: Phenotypic and Evolutionary Adaptation. Society of Experimental Biology Symposium Volume, Cambridge University Press. (First author, with D. Berrigan).
1998. Evolutionary analyses of morphological and physiological plasticity in thermally variable environments. American Zoologist 38:545-560. (Second author, with J. G. Kingsolver).
1999. Testing the adaptive significance of acclimation: a strong inference approach. American Zoologist 39:135-148. (First author, with D. Berrigan, G. W. Gilchrist, and J. C. Herron).
2001. Locomotor performance of Drosophila melanogaster: interactions among developmental and adult temperatures, age, and geography. Evolution 55:205-209(Second author, with P. Gibert and G. W. Gilchrist).
2001. Parental and developmental temperature effects on the thermal dependence of fitness in Drosophila melanogaster. Evolution 55: 209-214 (Second author, with G. W. Gilchrist).
2001. Chill-coma temperature in Drosophila: effects of development temperature, latitude, and phylogeny. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 74:429-434. (Second author, with P. Gibert).
2002. Plants versus animals: do they deal with stress in different ways? Integrative and Comparative Biology 42:415-423. (First author, with M. Carlson, L. Crozier, M. Frazier, H. Hamilton, C. Harley, A. Hoang, and J. G. Kingsolver).
2004. Plastic and genetic variation in wing loading as a function of temperature within and among parallel clines in Drosophila subobscura. Integrative and Comparative Biology 44:461-470. (Second author, with G. W. Gilchrist).
2008. Size, temperature, and fitness: three rules. Evolutionary Ecology Research (Second author, with J. G. Kingsolver) 10:251-268.

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