[R-sig-ME] Kin selection and mixed models

Jarrod Hadfield j.hadfield at ed.ac.uk
Mon Mar 7 19:09:38 CET 2011


Quantitative genetic models are linear mixed models, and there are  
plenty of derivations of Hamilton's rule in terms of quantitative  
genetics.  A good start is David Queller's work in the early 1990's,  
Steve Frank's book "Foundations of Social Selection" and Andy  
Gardner's 2007 paper in Am. Nat. to name but a few. Recent work by  
Bijma's is probably more accessible if you are familiar with mixed  
model methodology.  This is just the tip of the iceberg .....



On 7 Mar 2011, at 17:40, Dominick Samperi wrote:

> As a mathematician (but not an expert on mixed effects models) it  
> seems to me
> that the Price equation from kin selection is a tautology, yet I
> suspect that when
> combined with biological intuition and mixed effects modeling ideas
> there should
> be a non-trivial message. Can somebody with the necessary background  
> shed
> an inter-disciplinary light on this message or point me to  
> references that do?
> Has there been any recent work using mixed effects models on kin  
> selection,
> Hamilton's rule, etc.?
> Thanks,
> Dominick
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