Coevolution of Genome Architecture and Social Behavior

Dustin R. Rubenstein, J. Arvid Ågren, L. Carbone, Nels C. Elde, Hopi E. Hoekstra, Karen M. Kapheim, Laurent Keller, Corrie S. Moreau, A. L. Toth, Sam Yeaman, Hans A. Hofmann

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Although social behavior can have a strong genetic component, it can also result in selection on genome structure and function, thereby influencing the evolution of the genome itself. Here we explore the bidirectional links between social behavior and genome architecture by considering variation in social and/or mating behavior among populations (social polymorphisms) and across closely related species. We propose that social behavior can influence genome architecture via associated demographic changes due to social living. We establish guidelines to exploit emerging whole-genome sequences using analytical approaches that examine genome structure and function at different levels (regulatory vs structural variation) from the perspective of both molecular biology and population genetics in an ecological context.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)844-855
Number of pages12
JournalTrends in Ecology and Evolution
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2019


  • alternative reproductive tactics
  • demography
  • inversion
  • plasticity
  • social complexity
  • social polymorphism
  • supergene
  • transposable element

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics


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