CALL FOR PAPERS: The ecological and evolutionary implications of allometry

Guest Editors

Emma Sherratt, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Adelaide, Australia
Chrissie Painting, Te Aka Mātuatua School of Science, University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand

Theme & Objective

This special issue aims to collate articles that investigate the ecological and evolutionary implications of biological scaling. Allometry—the study of proportional growth of body parts, and the relationship of body size to an organism’s morphology, physiology and behaviour—is a fundamental influencer of ecological and evolutionary diversity. Approaches to the study of allometry vary from studies on scaling across an individual's development (ontogeny allometry), across individuals at the same developmental stage (static allometry), and across species (evolutionary allometry). Despite multiple definitions of allometry, it is evident that an organism’s body size is a critical factor in shaping its biology, and as such biological scaling underpins biological diversity.

We are seeking research, theoretical ideas and perspectives, reviews and methods articles that highlight the role of coordinated growth and body size in the context of evolutionary and ecological processes. We will consider submissions across a wide range of taxa in areas including but not limited to sexual selection, organismal interactions and coevolution, behaviour, adaptation, metabolic scaling, biodiversity and life history. Students and Early Career Researchers are especially encouraged to submit one of these article types.

Pre-submission enquiries to the editors are welcome.



About the Guest Editors

Dr. Emma Sherratt is an evolutionary biologist with a fascination for the shape of life. Her research investigates macroevolutionary patterns of morphological diversity to understand the historical factors responsible for biodiversity. Emma specialises in applying morphometrics and digital imaging to characterise morphological variation and applies this to a wide range of metazoans, including reptiles and amphibians, mammals, beetles and molluscs. Dr. Sherratt’s Quantitative Morphology Group research activities can be viewed here.

Dr. Chrissie Painting is a behavioural ecologist and entomologist specialising in arthropod mating systems. She uses insects and arachnids to understand patterns of species diversity with a particular focus on the evolution of exaggerated animal traits including extreme mating behaviours, weapons and ornaments. Dr. Painting uses multiple approaches including field and lab experiments, molecular phylogenetics, statistical modelling and morphometrics, microCT xray reconstructions, digital imaging, and comparative evolution techniques. Dr. Painting tends to choose non-model species to address evolutionary problems, because working on a wide range of taxa is crucial for understanding the drivers of variation. Dr. Painting’s Invertebrate Behavioural Ecology & Conservation lab activities can be viewed here.

Contact Information

Dr. Emma Sherratt
School of Biological Sciences
The University of Adelaide

Dr. Chrissie Painting
Te Aka Mātuatua School of Science
University of Waikato
New Zealand