Data from: Environmental coupling of heritability and selection is rare and of minor evolutionary significance in wild populations
Ramakers, Jip J.C., Nederlands Instituut voor Ecologie
Culina, Antica, Nederlands Instituut voor Ecologie
Visser, Marcel E., Nederlands Instituut voor Ecologie
Gienapp, Phillip, Nederlands Instituut voor Ecologie
Published Jun 21, 2018 on Dryad.
Cite this dataset
Ramakers, Jip J.C.; Culina, Antica; Visser, Marcel E.; Gienapp, Phillip (2018). Data from: Environmental coupling of heritability and selection is rare and of minor evolutionary significance in wild populations [Dataset]. Dryad. https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.3mk7f2q
Predicting the rate of adaptation to environmental change in wild populations is important for understanding evolutionary change. However, predictions may be unreliable if the two key variables affecting the rate of evolutionary change, heritability and selection, are both affected by the same environmental variable. To determine how general such an environmentally induced coupling of heritability and selection is, and how this may influence the rate of adaptation, we made use of freely accessible, open data on pedigreed wild populations to answer this question at the broadest possible scale. Using 16 populations from 10 vertebrate species, which provided data on 50 traits (body mass, morphology, physiology, behaviour and life history), we found evidence for an environmentally induced relationship between heritability and selection in only 6 cases, with weak evidence that this resulted in an increase or decrease in expected selection response. We conclude that such a coupling of heritability and selection is unlikely to strongly affect evolutionary change even though both heritability and selection are commonly postulated to be environment dependent.
Phenotype (laying date) file for Pied flycatchers (Ficedula hypoleuca) in the Hoge Veluwe, NL