Sperm, speciation and promiscuity - an integrated analysis of evolution in passerine birds (completed)

Funded by:

Research Council of Norway, FRIBIO, 2010-2013 (project number 196554)

Description of Project:
One of the great puzzles in evolutionary biology is how the extreme diversity of mating systems has evolved under the constraints of a basically invariable mode of sexual reproduction; the fusion of two haploid gametes. A good illustration of this enigma is the large variation in promiscuity among songbirds (passerines), which is well documented by parentage analyses in hundreds of species, but still surprisingly poorly understood. The current project addresses this fundamental problem with a novel approach: viewing the sperm cell, the vehicle for male fertilization success, as the target of selection. Throughout the animal kingdom sperm cells are extremely diversified. In passerine birds they also show strong signatures of selection linked to their mating system. The project has four main objectives: 1) to test the utility of sperm phenotypes as indicators of phylogenetic differentiation and divergence, 2) to test if female promiscuity (i.e. sperm competition sensu lato) is a catalyst for sperm evolution, 3) to test if the two modes of postcopulatory sexual selection, sperm competition (sensu stricto) and female sperm choice, influences sperm evolution in different ways, and 4) to identify possible genomic and proteomic mechanisms involved in sperm competition and female sperm choice. In short, the project views the sperm as a sexually selected phenotype. This new approach will complement the traditional somatic analysis of evolutionary change in organisms and potentially provide new insights to our understanding of sexually driven speciation processes and mating system diversity.

Publications

  • Taiwo Crossby Omotoriogun; Tomas Albrecht; David Hořak; Terje Laskemoen; Ulf Ottosson; Melissah Rowe; Ondrej Sedlacek & Jan Terje Lifjeld (2016). Sperm size evolution in African greenbuls (Passeriformes: Pycnonotidae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society.  ISSN 0024-4066.  117, s 337- 349
  • Taiwo Crossby Omotoriogun; Terje Laskemoen; Melissah Rowe; Tomáš Albrecht; Rauri C.K. Bowie; Ondřej Sedláček; David Hořak; Ulf Ottosson & Jan Terje Lifjeld (2016). Variation in sperm morphology among Afrotropical sunbirds. Ibis.  ISSN 0019-1019.  158, s 155- 166
  • Supriya K; Melissah Rowe; Terje Laskemoen; Dhananjai Mohan; Trevor Price & Jan Terje Lifjeld (2016). Early diversification of sperm size in the evolutionary history of the old world leaf warblers (Phylloscopidae). Journal of Evolutionary Biology.  ISSN 1010-061X.  29, s 777- 789
  • Emily Rebecca A Cramer; Terje Laskemoen; Even Stensrud; Melissah Rowe; Fredrik Haas; Jan Terje Lifjeld; Glenn-Peter Sætre & Arild Johnsen (2015). Morphology-function relationships and repeatability in the sperm of Passer sparrows. Journal of morphology.  ISSN 0362-2525.  276, s 370- 377
  • Melissah Rowe; Tomas Albrecht; Emily Rebecca A Cramer; Arild Johnsen; Terje Laskemoen; Jason T Weir & Jan Terje Lifjeld (2015). Postcopulatory sexual selection is associated with accelerated evolution of sperm morphology. Evolution.  ISSN 0014-3820.  69, s 1044- 1052
  • Melissah Rowe; Simon C. Griffith; Antje Hofgaard & Jan Terje Lifjeld (2015). Subspecific variation in sperm morphology and performance in the Long-tailed Finch (Poephila acuticauda). Avian Research.  ISSN 2053-7166.  6:23, s 1- 10
  • Keith W Larson; Miriam Liedvogel; BriAnne Addison; Oddmund Kleven; Terje Laskemoen; Jan Terje Lifjeld; Max Lundberg; Susanne Åkesson & Staffan Bensch (2014). Allelic Variation in a Willow Warbler Genomic Region Is Associated with Climate Clines. PLoS ONE.  ISSN 1932-6203.  9
  • Emily Rebecca A Cramer; Terje Laskemoen; Fabrice Eroukhmanoff; Fredrik Haas; Jo Skeie Hermansen; Jan Terje Lifjeld; Melissah Rowe; Glenn-Peter Sætre & Arild Johnsen (2014). Testing a post-copulatory pre-zygotic reproductive barrier in a passerine species pair. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology.  ISSN 0340-5443.  68, s 1133- 1144
  • Jostein Gohli; Erica H. Leder; Eduardo Garcia-Del-Rey; Lars Erik Johannessen; Arild Johnsen; Terje Laskemoen; Magnus Popp & Jan Terje Lifjeld (2014). The evolutionary history of Afrocanarian blue tits inferred from genomewide SNPs. Molecular Ecology.  ISSN 0962-1083.  24, s 180- 191
  • Emily Rebecca A Cramer; Terje Laskemoen; Oddmund Kleven & Jan Terje Lifjeld (2013). Sperm length variation in House Wrens Troglodytes aedon. Journal of Ornithology = Journal fur Ornithologie.  ISSN 0021-8375.  154, s 129- 138
  • Terje Laskemoen; Tomas Albrecht; Andrea Bonisoli-Alquati; Jaroslav Cepak; Florentino de Lope; Ignacio G. Hermosell; Lars Erik Johannessen; Oddmund Kleven; Alfonso Marzal; Timothy A. Mousseau; Anders P. Møller; Raleigh J. Robertson; Geir Rudolfsen; Nicola Saino; Yoni Vortman & Jan Terje Lifjeld (2013). Variation in sperm morphometry and sperm competition among barn swallow (Hirundo rustica) populations. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology.  ISSN 0340-5443.  67, s 301- 309
  • Melissah Rowe; Terje Laskemoen; Arild Johnsen & Jan Terje Lifjeld (2013). Evolution of sperm structure and energetics in passerine birds. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Biological Sciences.  ISSN 0962-8452.  280
  • Melissah Rowe; Gabor Czirják; Jan Terje Lifjeld & Mathieu Giraudeau (2013). Lysozyme-associated bactericidal activity in the ejaculate of a wild passerine. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society.  ISSN 0024-4066.  109, s 92- 100
  • Jan Terje Lifjeld; Antje Hoenen; Lars Erik Johannessen; Terje Laskemoen; Ricardo J. Lopes; Pedro M. Rodrigues & Melissah Rowe (2013). The Azores bullfinch (Pyrrhula murina) has the same unusual and size-variable sperm morphology as the Eurasian bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society.  ISSN 0024-4066.  108, s 677- 687
  • Terje Laskemoen; Oddmund Kleven; Lars Erik Johannessen; Frode Fossøy; Raleigh J. Robertson & Jan Terje Lifjeld (2013). Repeatability of sperm size and motility within and between seasons in the Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica). Journal of Ornithology = Journal fur Ornithologie.  ISSN 0021-8375.  154, s 955- 963
  • Silje Hogner; Terje Laskemoen; Jan Terje Lifjeld; Vaclav Pavel; Bob Chutny; J Garcia; Marie-Christine Eybert; E Matsyna & Arild Johnsen (2013). Rapid sperm evolution in the bluethroat (Luscinia svecica) subspecies complex. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology.  ISSN 0340-5443.  67, s 1205- 1217
  • Ignacio Garcia Hermosell; Terje Laskemoen; Melissah Rowe; Anders P. Møller; Timothy A. Mousseau; Tomas Albrecht & Jan Terje Lifjeld (2013). Patterns of sperm damage in Chernobyl passerine birds suggest a trade-off between sperm length and integrity. Biology Letters.  ISSN 1744-9561.  9
  • Emily Rebecca A Cramer; Terje Laskemoen; Oddmund Kleven; Katie LaBarbera; Irby J. Lovette & Jan Terje Lifjeld (2013). No evidence that sperm morphology predicts paternity success in wild hous wrens. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology.  ISSN 0340-5443.  67, s 1845- 1853
  • Eduardo Garcia-Del-Rey; Gunnhild Marthinsen; Pascual Calabuig; Loly Estévez; Lars Erik Johannessen; Arild Johnsen; Terje Laskemoen & Jan Terje Lifjeld (2013). Reduced genetic diversity and sperm motility in the endangered Gran Canaria Blue Chaffinch Fringilla teydea polatzeki. Journal of Ornithology = Journal fur Ornithologie.  ISSN 0021-8375.  154, s 761- 768
  • Jostein Gohli; Jarl Andreas Anmarkrud; Arild Johnsen; Oddmund Kleven; Thomas Borge & Jan Terje Lifjeld (2013). Female promicuity is positively associated with neutral and selected genetic diversity in passerine birds. Evolution.  ISSN 0014-3820.  67, s 1406- 1419
  • Silje Hogner; Terje Laskemoen; Jan Terje Lifjeld; Jiri Porkert; Oddmund Kleven; Tamer Albayrak; Bekir Kabasakal & Arild Johnsen (2012). Deep sympatric mitochondrial divergence without reproductive isolation in the common redstart Phoenicurus phoenicurus. Ecology and Evolution.  ISSN 2045-7758.  2, s 2974- 2988
  • Tomas Albrecht; Oddmund Kleven; Jakub Kreisinger; Terje Laskemoen; Taiwo Crossby Omotoriogun; Ulf Ottosson; Jiří Reif; Ondrej Sedlacek; David Hořak; Raleigh J. Robertson & Jan Terje Lifjeld (2012). Sperm competition in tropical versus temperate zone birds. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Biological Sciences.  ISSN 0962-8452.  280

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  • Jostein Gohli; Arild Johnsen; Magnus Popp; Erica H. Leder & Jan Terje Lifjeld (2013). Resolving species trees and rewriting taxonomy: Using next-gen sequencing data to unravel a recent radiation of a passerine bird on an island system.
  • Emily Rebecca A Cramer; Terje Laskemoen; Fabrice Eroukhmanoff; Fredrik Haas; Jo Skeie Hermansen; Jan Terje Lifjeld; Melissah Rowe; Glenn-Peter Sætre & Arild Johnsen (2013). An experimental test of a potential post-copulatory pre-zygotic reproductive barrier in a passerine species pair.
  • Jan Terje Lifjeld; Jostein Gohli & Arild Johnsen (2013). Promisquity, sexual selection, and genetic diversity : a reply to Spurgin. Evolution.  ISSN 0014-3820.  67, s 3073- 3074

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