01 January 2009 → 31 December 2014
Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
- Animal biology
Agricultural and food sciences
- Veterinary medicine
developmental instability fluctuating asymmetry directional selection
The aim of this project is to study to what extent the selection history of a trait affects relationships between the level of fluctuating asymmetry in tarsus length and environmental stress in a suite of Afrotropical bird species. More particular, the question is addressed whether directional selection may cause developmental instability due to the loss of canalizing modifiers.