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The adaptive use of information within and across generations

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How do individuals consolidate input from genes, non-genetic parental effects and direct experiences of the environment when developing a phenotype best suited to the prevailing conditions? Here, I use a framework built on the premise that these channels (genes, parents, environment) all provide information to the developing organism. I will give an overview of insights based on this framework about the environmental conditions favouring the evolution of non-genetic inheritance and the general empirical support for anticipatory maternal effects. Finally, I describe a model of within-generation use of information during growth which addresses the question of why early life experiences can have long-term effects even when later plasticity is unconstrained.

This talk is part of the Behaviour, Ecology & Evolution Seminar Series series.

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