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The Effect of Stress on Physiology, Morphology, and Behavior: Implications for Reproductive Fitness

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An organism faces a variety of challenges from its environment during lifespan. These challenges include lack of adequate food sources and shelter, pollution, extreme meteorological events, predators, parasites, disease, and genetic disorders. The effects of the stressors are often long-lasting, spanning from ...

An organism faces a variety of challenges from its environment during lifespan. These challenges include lack of adequate food sources and shelter, pollution, extreme meteorological events, predators, parasites, disease, and genetic disorders. The effects of the stressors are often long-lasting, spanning from prenatal period throughout adulthood, and, may have in turn important fitness consequences. Here, we would like to propose a research topic on:

a) physiological, behavioral, and morphological responses of individual organisms to challenges in their external and internal environment, and, differences and similarities across taxa ;

b) food allocation, foraging, predator-prey interactions, reproduction, and fitness consequences of stress in terrestrial animals;

c) speciation as a result of chronic stress in both natural and agricultural fields.

Our goal is to attract reviews, theoretical, empirical, and methodological studies, and original research articles on both vertebrate and invertebrate organisms with special emphasis on terrestrial animals.


Additional keywords: prenatal stress, chronic stress, stressors, steroids, glucocorticoids, bioamines, octopamine, heat shock protein, inbreeding, rodent models, fitness, offspring, predation, transgenerational effects, maternal effects, field experiments, behavioral ecology, epigenetics, phylogenetics.


Keywords: prenatal stress, chronic stress, stressors, steroids, glucocorticoids, bioamines, octopamine, heat shock protein, inbreeding, rodent models, fitness, offspring, predation, transgenerational effects, maternal effects, field experiments, behavioral ecology, epigenetics, phylogenetics


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30 April 2017 Manuscript
30 March 2018 Manuscript Extension

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