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No phenotypic plasticity in nest-site selection in response to extreme flooding events

Bailey, Liam D.; Ens, Bruno J.; Both, Christiaan; Heg, Dik; Oosterbeek, Kees; van de Pol, Martijn

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Phenotypic plasticity is a crucial mechanism for responding to changes in climatic means, yet we know little about its role in responding to extreme climatic events (ECEs). ECEs may lack the reliable cues necessary for phenotypic plasticity to evolve; however, this has not been empirically tested. We investigated whether behavioural plasticity in nest-site selection allows a long-lived shorebird (Haematopus ostralegus) to respond to flooding. We collected longitudinal nest elevation data on...[Show more]

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Date published: 2017
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/244037
Source: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London Series B
DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2016.0139

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