State-dependent life histories

Nature. 1996 Mar 21;380(6571):215-21. doi: 10.1038/380215a0.


Life-history theory is concerned with strategic decisions over an organism's lifetime. Evidence is accumulating about the way in which these decisions depend on the organism's physiological state and other components such as external circumstances. Phenotypic plasticity may be interpreted as an organism's response to its state. The quality of offspring may depend on the state and behaviour of the mother. Recent theoretical advances allow these and other state-dependent effects to be modelled within the same framework.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aging
  • Animals
  • Female
  • Growth*
  • Male
  • Models, Biological*
  • Phenotype
  • Reproduction*
  • Social Dominance