Dukas Lab: Cognitive Ecology
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Behaviour Group, Department of Psychology,
Neuroscience & Behaviour,
McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario, L8S 4K1, Canada
Telephone: 905-525-9140 ext. 23894 Fax: 905-529-6225
E-mail: dukas at mcmaster.ca
General interests: Cognitive Ecology: the mechanisms, ecology and evolution of cognition, and effects of cognitive traits on animal behaviour, ecology and evolution.
Specific research areas:
Ecology and evolution of perception, learning, and decision making.
Effects of cognition on animal ecology and evolution.
Sociability and social cognition
RECENT PUBLICATIONS FROM
Scott, A.*, M., Dworkin, I. & Dukas, R. 2021. Evolution of sociability by artificial selection. Evolution:
Kashetsky*, T., Avgar, T., and Dukas, R. 2021. The Cognitive Ecology of Animal Movement: evidence from birds and mammals. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution: 9:724887
Filice, D. C. S. and R. Dukas. Submitted. Previous sexual aggression decreases choosiness but does not influence mating preferences in fruit flies.
Filice, D. C. S.*, Bhargava, R.*, and Dukas, R.
2021. Female mating experience and genetic background independently influence
male mating success in fruit flies. Journal of Evolutionary Biology
Journal of Evolutionary Biology 34: 309-318
Dukas, R. 2020. Natural history of social and sexual behavior in fruit flies. Scientific Reports 10: 21932
Yost, R. T., J. W. Robinson, C. M. Baxter*, A. M.
Scott*, L. P. Brown, S. Aletta, R. Hakimjavadi, A. M. Lone, R. C. Cumming, R.
Dukas, B. Mozer, and A. F. Simon. 2020.
Abnormal social interactions in a
Drosophila mutant of an autism candidate gene: neuroligin 3.
Journal of Molecular Sciences 21:4601
International Journal of Molecular Sciences 21:4601
Dukas, R., J. L. Yan*, A. M. Scott*, S. Sivaratnam*,
and C. Baxter*. 2020. Artificial selection on sexual aggression: correlated
traits and possible trade-offs. Evolution
Filice, D.C.S.* Bhargava, R.* and Dukas, R.
2020. Plasticity in male mating behavior modulates female
life-history in fruit flies. Evolution
Guo, X* and Dukas,
R. 2020. The cost of aggression in animals without weapons.
Ethology 126: 34-41
Baxter, C.*, Yan, J. L.* and Dukas, R. 2019. Genetic variation in sexual aggression and the factors that determine forced-copulation success. Animal Behavior 158:261-267
Filice, D.C.S.* and Dukas, R.
2019. Winners have higher
pre-copulatory mating success, but losers are better at post-copulatory outcomes.
Proceedings of the Royal Society
Dukas, R. 2019. Animal expertise: mechanisms, ecology and evolution. Animal Behaviour 147: 199-210
Scott, A., M., Dworkin, I. & Dukas, R. 2018.
Sociability in fruit flies: genetic variation, heritability and plasticity.
Baxter, C., Mentlik, J., Shams Ieta & Dukas, R. 2018. Mating success in fruit flies: courtship interference versus female choice. Animal Behaviour 138: 101-108
Dukas, R. 2018. Insect cognition and learning. In: Insect Behavior: from mechanisms to ecological and evolutionary consequences (Ed. by A. Cordoba-Aguilar, D. Gonzalez-Tokman & I. Gonzalez-Santoyo). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Dukas, R. 2017. Cognitive innovations and the evolutionary biology of expertise. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. B 372: 20160427 .
Anderson BB, Scott A, Dukas R, 2017.
Indirect genetic effects on the
sociability of several group
Baxter CM and Dukas R, 2017. Life history of aggression: effects of age and sexual experience on male aggression towards males and females. Animal Behaviour 123:11-20.
Abbott, K. R. and Dukas R, 2016. Substrate choice by ovipositing mothers and consequent hatchling behaviour: the exploration sharing hypothesis. Animal Behaviour 121:53-59.
Anderson, B B, Scott, A, and Dukas R. 2016. Social behavior and activity are decoupled in larval and adult fruit flies. Behavioral Ecology 27: 820–828.
Dukas, R and Scott, A. 2015. Fruit fly courtship: the female perspective. Current Zoology 61: 1008–1014
Baxter CM, Barnett R and Dukas R, 2015. Aggression, mate guarding, and fitness in male fruit flies. Animal Behaviour 109: 235-241:
Croston, R., Branch, C. L., Kozlovsky, D. Y.,
Dukas, R. & Pravosudov, V. V. 2015. Heritability and understanding the evolution
of cognition: A response to comments on Croston et al.
Behavioral Ecology 26:1463-1464
Croston, R., Branch, C. L., Kozlovsky, D. Y., Dukas, R. & Pravosudov, V. V. 2015. Heritability and understanding the evolution of cognition: A response to comments on Croston et al. Behavioral Ecology 26:1463-1464
Croston R, Branch CL, Kozlovsky DY, Dukas R and Pravosudov VV, 2015.
Heritability and the evolution of cognitive traits.
Behavioral Ecology 26: 1447-1459
Baxter CM, Barnett R, Dukas R, 2015. Effects of age and experience on male-mate choosiness. Ethology 121: 353–363
T. T., Todd, P. M., Lazer, R., Redish, Couzin, I. D., Bateson, M., Cools, R.,
Dukas, R., Giraldeau, L.-A., Macy, M. W., Page, S.E., Shiffrin, R. M., Stephens,
D. W., Uzzi, B. & Wolfe, J. W. 2015. Exploration vs. exploitation in space,
mind, and society. Trends in Cognitive
Golden, S. and Dukas, R. 2014. The value of patch-choice copying in fruit flies. PLoS ONE 9: e112381.
Durisko, Z., Kemp, B., Mubasher, A, and Dukas, R. 2014. Dynamics of social interactions in fruit fly larvae. PLoS ONE 9: e95495.
Venu, I., Durisko, D., Xu, JP and Dukas, R. 2014. Social attraction mediated by fruit flies’ microbiome. Journal of Experimental Biology: 217: 1346-1352
Durisko, Z., Anderson, B., and Dukas, R. 2014. Adult fruit fly attraction to larvae biases experience and mediates social learning. Journal of Experimental Biology 217:1193-1197.
Dukas, R. and Baxter, C. M. 2014. Mate choosiness in young male fruit flies. Behavioral Ecology 25:549-552
Schwarz, S. Durisko, Z. and Dukas, R. 2014. Food selection in larval fruit flies: dynamics and effects on larval development. Naturwissenschaften 101: 61-68.
Durisko, Z., and Dukas, R. 2013. Effects of early-life experience on learning ability in fruit flies. Ethology 119: 1067-1076.
Durisko, Z., and Dukas, R. 2013. Attraction to and learning from social cues in fruit fly larvae. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B-Biological Sciences 280: 20131398
Dukas, R. 2013. Effects of learning on evolution: robustness, innovation and speciation. Animal Behaviour 85: 1023-1030.
Servedio, M. and Dukas, R. 2013. Effects on population divergence of within-generational learning about prospective mates. Evolution 67: 2363-2375
Dukas, R. and Jongsma, K. 2012. Effects of forced copulations on female sexual attractiveness in fruit flies. Animal Behaviour: 84: 1501-1505
Dukas, R. and Dukas, L. 2012. Learning about prospective mates in male fruit flies: effects of acceptance and rejection. Animal Behaviour: 84: 1427-1434
Dukas, R. and Jongsma, K. 2012. Costs to females and benefits to males from forced copulations in fruit flies. Animal Behaviour: 84: 1177-1182.
Lancet, Y. & Dukas, R. 2012. Socially influenced behaviour and learning in locusts. Ethology 118: 302-310.
Hills, T. T. and Dukas, R. 2012. The Evolution of Cognitive Search. pp 11-24 in: In: Cognitive Search: Evolution, Algorithms, and the Brain (Ed. By Todd P. M., Hills, T. T., Robbins T. W.). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press (Ernst Strüngmann Forum).
Hutchinson, J. M. C. Stephens D. W., Bateson M., Couzin I., Dukas R., Giraldeau L., Hills T. T., Mery, F. and Winterhalder, B. 2012. Evolution of Search, Adaptation and Phylogeny. pp 47-65 in: Cognitive Search: Evolution, Algorithms, and the Brain (Ed. By Todd P. M., Hills, T. T., Robbins T. W.). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Dukas, R., Durisko, Z. & Dukas, L. 2012. Learning in the context of sexual behavior and danger in female and male Drosophila pseudoobscura. Animal Behaviour 83: 95-101
Dukas, R. and Dukas, L. 2011. Coping with non-repairable body damage: effects of wing damage on foraging performance in bees. Animal Behaviour 81: 635-638.
Seeley, C. and Dukas, R. 2011. Teneral matings in fruit flies: male coercion and female response. Animal Behaviour 81: 595-601
Abbott, K. R. and Dukas, R. 2011. Effects of animal camouflage on the evolution of live backgrounds. pp. 275-297 In: Animal camouflage (Ed. by M. Stevens, & S. Merilaita). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Durisko, Z., Shipp, L., Dukas, R. 2011. Effects of experience on short and long term performance in bumblebees. Ethology 117: 49-55.
Dukas, R. 2010. Social learning in insects. Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior (Ed by M. Breed and J. Moore). Elsevier.
Dukas, R. 2010. Causes and consequences of male-male courtship in fruit flies. Animal Behaviour 80:913-919.
Abbott, K. R. 2010. Background evolution in camouflage systems: a predator- prey / pollinator-flower game. Journal of Theoretical Biology 262:662-678.
Schippers, M.-P., R. Dukas, and G.B. McClelland. 2010. Lifetime changes in flight metabolic rate and muscle biochemistry of honeybees, Apis mellifera. Journal of Comparative Physiology – B 180:45-55.
Cognitive Ecology II. 2009. Edited by R. Dukas and J. M. Ratcliffe. University of Chicago Press.
Sarin, S. & Dukas, R. 2009. Social learning about egg laying substrates in fruit flies. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B-Biological Sciences 276:4323-4328.
Kujtan, L. & Dukas, R. 2009. Learning magnifies individual variation in heterospecific mating propensity. Animal Behaviour 78:549-554.
Abbott, K. R. & Dukas, R. 2009. Honeybees consider flower danger in their waggle dance. Animal Behaviour 78:633-635
Dukas, R & Simpson, S. J. 2009. Locust show rapid individual learning but no social learning about food. Animal Behaviour 78:307-311.
Dukas, R. 2009. Learning: Mechanisms, Ecology and Evolution. pp. 7-26 in: Cognitive Ecology II (Ed. by R. Dukas and J. Ratcliffe,). Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Lange, A. & Dukas, R. 2009. Bayesian approximations and extensions: Optimal decisions for small brains and possibly big ones too. Journal of Theoretical Biology 259:503-515.
Dukas, R. 2009. Dynamics of learning in the context of courtship in Drosophila persimilis and D. pseudoobscura. Animal Behaviour 77: 253-259.
Dukas, R. 2009. Evolutionary biology of limited attention. pp. 147-161 In: L. Tommasi L. Nadel, and M. Peterson (eds) Cognitive Biology: Evolutionary and Developmental Perspectives on Mind, Brain, and Behavior. MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass.
Dukas, R. 2008. Learning increases assortative courtship and mating in fruit flies. Biology Letters: 4:645-647.
Dukas, R. 2008. Life history of learning: performance curves of honeybees in the wild. Ethology 114:1195-1200.
Dukas, R. 2008. Bee senescence in the wild. Insectes Sociaux 55:252-255.
Dukas, R. 2008. Life history of learning: short and long term performance curves of honeybees in settings that minimize the role of learning. Animal Behaviour 75:1125-1130.
Dukas, R. 2008. Evolutionary biology of insect learning. Annual Review of Entomology 53:145-160
Dukas, R., Clark, C.W. and Abbott, K. 2006 Courtship strategies of male insects: when is learning advantageous? Animal Behaviour 72:1395-1404.
Abbott KR. 2006. Bumblebees avoid flowers containing evidence of past predation events. Canadian Journal of Zoology 84:1240-47
Schippers, M.-P., R. Dukas, R.W. Smith, J. Wang , K. Smolen, and G.B. McClelland. 2006. Lifetime performance in foraging honey bees: behaviour and physiology. Journal of Experimental Biology 209: 3828-3836
Dukas, R. 2006. Learning in the context of sexual behavior in insects. Animal Biology 56:125-141.
Dukas, R. 2005. Learning affects mate choice in female fruit flies. Behavioral Ecology 16: 800-804.
Dukas, R., Morse, D. H. & Myles, S. 2005. Experience levels of individuals in natural bee populations and their ecological implications. Canadian Journal of Zoology 83: 492-497.
Dukas, R. & Morse, D. H. 2005. Crab spiders show mixed effects on flower visiting bees and no effect on plant fitness. Ecoscience 12: 244-247.
Dukas R. 2005. Bumblebee predators reduce bumblebee density and plant fitness. Ecology 86: 1401-6.
Dukas, R. 2005. Experience improves courtship in male fruit flies. Animal Behaviour 69:1203-1209.
Dukas, R. 2004. Evolutionary biology of animal cognition. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics, 35: 347-374 Abstract
Dukas, R. 2004. Male fruit flies learn to avoid interspecific courtship. Behavioral Ecology 15:695-8 AbstractReprint
Dukas, R. 2004. Causes and consequences of limited attention. Brain Behavior and Evolution 63:197-210 Abstract Reprint
Dukas, R. & Mooers, A. Q. 2003. Environmental enrichment improves mating success in fruit flies. Animal Behaviour 66:741-749 Abstract Reprint
Clark, C.W., and Dukas, R. 2003. The behavioral ecology of a cognitive constraint: limited attention. Behavioral Ecology 14:151-156 Abstract, Reprint
Dukas R, Morse, D.H. 2003. Crab spiders affect flower visitation by bees. Oikos 101:157-163 Abstract, Reprint
Dukas R, 2002. Behavioural and ecological consequences of limited attention. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. B. 1539-1548. Abstract; Reprint
Dukas, R. 2001. Effects of perceived danger on flower choice by bees. Ecology Letters 4:327-333. Abstract Reprint
Dukas, R., Prokopy, R. J. & Duan, J. J. 2001. Effects of larval competition on survival and growth in Mediterranean fruit flies. Ecological Entomology 26:587-593.
Dukas, R. 2001. Effects of predation risk on pollinators and plants. pp. 214-236 In: Cognitive Ecology of Pollination (Ed. by L. Chittka and J. Thomson). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Introduction and Conclusions
Dukas, R. and Kamil, A. 2001. Limited attention: the constraint underlining search image. Behavioral Ecology 12:192-199. Abstract Reprint
Dukas, R. and Bernays, E.A. 2000. Learning improves growth rate in grasshoppers. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 97: 2637-40 Abstract. Reprint.
Dukas, R. and Kamil, A. 2000. The cost of limited attention in blue jays. Behavioral Ecology 11: 502-6 Abstract. Reprint
Dukas, R. and Duan, J.J. 2000. Fitness consequences of associative
learning in a parasitoid wasp. Behavioral Ecology 11: 536-43 Abstract
Dukas, R. 1999. Costs of memory: ideas and predictions. Journal of Theoretical Biology 197: 41-50. Abstract
Dukas, R. 1999. Ecological relevance of associative learning in fruit fly larvae. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 45:195-200. Abstract
Robinson, B. and Dukas, R. 1999. Phenotypic plasticity and evolution 100 years after Baldwin. Oikos 85:582-589
Dukas, R. and Keshet, L.1998. The spatial distribution of colonial food provisioners. Journal of Theoretical Biology 190: 121-134. Abstract
Dukas, R.1998. Evolutionary ecology of learning. pp. 129-174 In: Cognitive Ecology: The Evolutionary Ecology of Information Processing and Decision Making (Ed. by R. Dukas). Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Summary
Dukas, R. 1998. Constraints on information processing and their effects on behavior. pp. 89-127 In: Cognitive Ecology (Ed. by R. Dukas) . Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Summary
Dukas, R. 1998. Introduction. pp. 1-19, in: Cognitive Ecology: The Evolutionary Ecology of Information Processing and Decision Making (Ed. by R. Dukas). Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Dukas, R. and Clark, C.W. 1995. Sustained vigilance and animal performance. Animal Behaviour 49:1259-1267. Reprint
Dukas, R. and Clark, C.W. 1995. Searching for cryptic prey: a dynamic model. Ecology 76:1320-1326.
Dukas R. and Visscher, P.K. 1994. Lifetime learning by foraging honey bees. Animal Behaviour 48:1007-1012. Reprint
Clark, C.W. and Dukas, R. 1994. Foraging under predation hazard: an advantage of sociality. American Naturalist 144:542-548.
Dukas, R. and Real A. L. 1993. Learning constraints and floral choice behaviour in bumble bees. Animal Behaviour 46:637-644.
Dukas, R. and Ellner, S. 1993. Information processing and prey detection. Ecology 74:1337- 1346.
Dukas, R. and Real A. L. 1993 Effects of recent experience on foraging decisions in bumble bees. Oecologia 94:244-246
Dukas, R. and Real A. L. 1991. Learning foraging tasks by bees: a comparison between social and solitary species. Animal Behaviour 42:169-176
Cohen, D., and Dukas, R. 1990. The optimal number of female flowers
and the fruits-to-flowers ratio in plants under pollination and resources limitation. American
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