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Short and long-term consequences of the early environment

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Project "EARLYSTART" data sheet

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 Coordinator Country France [FR]
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 Total cost 173˙076 €
 EC max contribution 173˙076 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-10-01   to  2017-09-30


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITE PARIS-SUD FR (ORSAY CEDEX) coordinator 173˙076.00


 Project objective

The early developmental period is very sensitive to disturbances. Parents are known to shape the early environment of their offspring through physiological and behavioural modifications. In this project, I am going to investigate what are the short- and long-term consequences of different family scenarios in development and fitness. For that, I will consider female promiscuity as a modifier of the early environment because (a) promiscuous females are more exploratory, more active, and thus, less nest-attending, and (b) males paired with promiscuous females decrease their paternal input. Therefore, offspring raised under such conditions might reach independence with a compromised body condition, decreasing their chances to survive until reproductive age. Moreover, I will explore whether females are able to compensate for the losses of paternal effort by increasing their own breeding effort, or whether chicks can compensate for the reductions in parental support. For that I will use two approaches: an empirical study with spotless starlings where I will focus on both the short- and long-term effects of promiscuity for fitness of mothers and offspring (survival and reproduction), and a comparative analysis where I will investigate the short-term effects of different breeding systems on the fitness of females and offspring. Both approaches will be integrated following a causal framework.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2016 Marylin Rangassamy, Sara Khaleghparast Athari, Raquel Monclús, Marie-Christophe Boissier, Natacha Bessis, Heiko G. Rödel
Personality modulates proportions of CD4+ regulatory and effector T cells in response to socially induced stress in a rodent of wild origin
published pages: 255-264, ISSN: 0031-9384, DOI: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2016.09.016
Physiology & Behavior 167 2019-06-13
2016 Sarah A. Ohrnberger, Raquel Monclús, Heiko G. Rödel, Teresa G. Valencak
Ambient temperature affects postnatal litter size reduction in golden hamsters
published pages: , ISSN: 1742-9994, DOI: 10.1186/s12983-016-0183-8
Frontiers in Zoology 13/1 2019-06-13
2016 Heiko G. Rödel, Teresa G. Valencak, Alexandra Handrek, Raquel Monclús
Paying the energetic costs of reproduction: reliance on postpartum foraging and stored reserves
published pages: 748-756, ISSN: 1045-2249, DOI: 10.1093/beheco/arv217
Behavioral Ecology 27/3 2019-06-13
2017 Raquel Monclús, Jaime Muriel, Lorenzo Pérez-Rodríguez, Anders P. Møller, Diego Gil
The role of the mating system and intraspecific brood parasitism in the costs of reproduction in a passerine bird
published pages: 629-639, ISSN: 0029-8549, DOI: 10.1007/s00442-017-3977-2
Oecologia 185/4 2019-06-13

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