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dc.contributor.authorHalimubieke, Naerhulan
dc.contributor.authorKupán, Krisztina
dc.contributor.authorValdebenito, José O.
dc.contributor.authorKubelka, Vojtěch
dc.contributor.authorCarmona-Isunza, María Cristina
dc.contributor.authorBurgas, Daniel
dc.contributor.authorCatlin, Daniel
dc.contributor.authorSt Clair, James J. H.
dc.contributor.authorCohen, Jonathan
dc.contributor.authorFiguerola, Jordi
dc.contributor.authorYasué, Maï
dc.contributor.authorJohnson, Matthew
dc.contributor.authorMencarelli, Mauro
dc.contributor.authorCruz-López, Medardo
dc.contributor.authorStantial, Michelle
dc.contributor.authorWeston, Michael A.
dc.contributor.authorLloyd, Penn
dc.contributor.authorQue, Pinjia
dc.contributor.authorMontalvo, Tomás
dc.contributor.authorBansal, Udita
dc.contributor.authorMcDonald, Grant C.
dc.contributor.authorLiu, Yang
dc.contributor.authorKosztolányi, András
dc.contributor.authorSzékely, Tamás
dc.identifier.citationHalimubieke , N , Kupán , K , Valdebenito , J O , Kubelka , V , Carmona-Isunza , M C , Burgas , D , Catlin , D , St Clair , J J H , Cohen , J , Figuerola , J , Yasué , M , Johnson , M , Mencarelli , M , Cruz-López , M , Stantial , M , Weston , M A , Lloyd , P , Que , P , Montalvo , T , Bansal , U , McDonald , G C , Liu , Y , Kosztolányi , A & Székely , T 2020 , ' Successful breeding predicts divorce in plovers ' , Scientific Reports , vol. 10 , 15576 .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 270724871
dc.identifier.otherPURE UUID: 7fea9d08-f10f-4425-ad77-f3a423167640
dc.identifier.othercrossref: 10.1038/s41598-020-72521-6
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 85091415858
dc.identifier.otherWOS: 000573849300104
dc.description.abstractWhen individuals breed more than once, parents are faced with the choice of whether to re-mate with their old partner or divorce and select a new mate. Evolutionary theory predicts that, following successful reproduction with a given partner, that partner should be retained for future reproduction. However, recent work in a polygamous bird, has instead indicated that successful parents divorced more often than failed breeders (Halimubieke et al. in Ecol Evol 9:10734–10745, 2019), because one parent can benefit by mating with a new partner and reproducing shortly after divorce. Here we investigate whether successful breeding predicts divorce using data from 14 well-monitored populations of plovers (Charadrius spp.). We show that successful nesting leads to divorce, whereas nest failure leads to retention of the mate for follow-up breeding. Plovers that divorced their partners and simultaneously deserted their broods produced more offspring within a season than parents that retained their mate. Our work provides a counterpoint to theoretical expectations that divorce is triggered by low reproductive success, and supports adaptive explanations of divorce as a strategy to improve individual reproductive success. In addition, we show that temperature may modulate these costs and benefits, and contribute to dynamic variation in patterns of divorce across plover breeding systems.
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dc.subjectQH301 Biologyen
dc.subjectQL Zoologyen
dc.titleSuccessful breeding predicts divorce in ploversen
dc.typeJournal articleen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Biologyen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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