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51 (preprint). Holman, L. and C. Morandin. 2018. Researchers preferentially collaborate with same-gendered colleagues across the life sciences. bioRXiv, DOI: 10.1101/345975. [link]

50. Li, X.Y. and L. Holman. 2018. Evolution of female choice under intralocus sexual conflict and genotype-by-environment interactions. Phil Trans Roy Soc B, in press. [preprint]

49. Holman, L. 2018. Onwards and upwards: a response to comments on Holman. Behavioral Ecology, in press. [link]

48. Holman, L., D. Stuart-Fox and C.E. Hauser. 2018. The gender gap in science: how long until women are equally represented? PLoS Biology, 16: e2004956. [link]

47. Holman, L. 2018. Queen pheromones and reproductive division of labour: a meta-analysis. Behavioral Ecology, online early. [pdf]

46. Pennell, T.M., L. Holman, E.H. Morrow and J. Field. 2018. Building a new research framework for social evolution: Intralocus caste antagonism. Biological Reviews, 93:1251-1268[pdf]


45. Holman, L. and F. Jacomb. 2017. The effects of stress and sex on selection, genetic covariance, and the evolutionary response. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 30: 1898-1909 [pdf].

44. Holman, L., J.S. van Zweden, R.C. Oliveira, A. Van Oystaeyen & T. Wenseleers. 2017. Conserved queen pheromones in bumblebees: A reply to Amsalem et al. PeerJ, 5:e3332. [link]


43. Jacomb, F., J. Marsh, L. Holman. 2016. Sexual selection expedites the evolution of pesticide resistance. Evolution, 70: 2746-2751. [pdf] [F1000 prime review]

42. Holman, L. and J. Bro-Jørgensen. 2016. Ornament complexity is correlated with sexual selection: a comment on Raia et al. American Naturalist, 188: 272-275. [pdf]

41. Klein, A., E. Schultner, H. Lowak, L. Schrader, J. Heinze, L. Holman and J. Oettler. 2016. Evolution of social insect polyphenism facilitated by the sex differentiation cascade. PLoS Genetics, 12: e1005952. [pdf]

40. Lindholm, A.K., K.A. Dyer, R.C. Firman, L. Fishman, W. Forstmeier, L. Holman, H. Johannesson, U. Knief, H. Kokko, A.M. Laraccuente, A. Manser, C. Montchamp-Moreau, V.G. Petrosyan, A. Pomiankowski, D.C. Presgraves, L.D. Safronova, A. Sutter, R.L. Unckless, R. Verspoor, N. Wedell, G.S. Wilkinson, and T.A.R. Price. 2016. The ecology and evolutionary dynamics of meiotic drive. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 31: 315-326. [pdf]

39. Holman, L., B. Hanley and J. Millar 2016. Highly specific responses to queen pheromone in three Lasius ant species. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 70: 387-392. [pdf]

38. Holman, L., K. Trontti and H. Helanterä 2016. Queen pheromones modulate DNA methyltransferase activity in bee and ant workers. Biology Letters, 12: 20151038. [pdf] [Dryad]


37. Holman, L. 2015. Bet hedging via multiple mating: a meta-analysis. Evolution, 70:62-71. [pdf] [Dryad]

36. Holman, L., M.L. Head, R. Lanfear, and M.D. Jennions. 2015. Evidence of experimental bias in the life sciences: why we need blind data recording. PLoS Biology, 13: e1002190. [article]

35. Henshaw, J.M. and L. Holman. 2015. Bet-hedging via polyandry: A comment on 'Mating portfolios: bet-hedging, sexual selection and female multiple mating'. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 282: 20150346. [pdf]

34. Power, D.J. and L. Holman. 2015. Assessing the alignment of sexual and natural selection using radio-mutagenized seed beetles. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 28: 1039-1048. [pdf] [Dryad]

33. Head, M.L., L. Holman, R. Lanfear, A.T. Kahn and M.D. Jennions. 2015. The extent and consequences of p-hacking in science. PLoS Biology, 13: e1002106. [article] [Dryad]

32. Holman, L., T.A.R. Price, N. Wedell and H. Kokko. 2015. Coevolutionary dynamics of polyandry and sex-linked meiotic drive. Evolution, 69: 709-720. [pdf] [Dryad]


31. Kahn, A.T., L. Holman and P.R.Y. Backwell. 2014. Female preferences for timing in a fiddler crab with synchronous waving displays. Animal Behaviour, 98: 35-39. [pdf]

30. Holman, L. and T.A.R. Price. 2014. Even more functions of sperm RNA. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 29: 648-649. [pdf] 

29. Holman, L. 2014. Bumblebee size polymorphism and worker response to queen pheromone. PeerJ, 2:e604. [article]

28. Babis, M.*, L. Holman*, R. Fenske, M.L. Thomas and B. Baer. 2014. Cuticular lipids correlate with age and insemination status in queen honeybees. Insectes Sociaux, 61: 337-345. [pdf] [* Joint first authors]

27 (book chapter). Holman, L. and H. Kokko. 2014. Local adaptation and the evolution of female choice. In: Gene-by-Environment Interactions and Sexual Selection, J. Hunt and D.J. Hosken eds. Wiley-Blackwell.

26. Holman, L. 2014. Conditional helping and evolutionary transitions to eusociality and cooperative breeding. Behavioral Ecology, 25: 1173-1182. [pdf]

25. Power, D.J. and L. Holman. 2014. Polyandrous females found fitter populations. Journal of Evolutionary Biology
, 27: 1948-1955. [pdf]

24. Holman, L. and H. Kokko. 2014. The evolution of genomic imprinting: Costs, benefits and long-term consequences. Biological Reviews, 89: 568-587. [pdf]

23. Holman, L. A.T. Kahn and P.R.Y. Backwell. 2014. Fiddlers on the roof: elevation muddles mate choice in fiddler crabs. Behavioral Ecology, 25: 271-275. [pdf]

22. Van Oystaeyen, A.*, R.C. Oliveira*, L. Holman*, J.S. van Zweden, C. Romero, C.A. Oi, P. d'Ettorre, M. Khalesi, J. Billen, F. Wäckers, J.G. Millar & T. Wenseleers. 2014. Conserved class of queen pheromones stops social insect workers from reproducing. Science, 343: 287-290   [* Joint first authors]

21. Holman, L. 2014. Caste load and the evolution of reproductive skew. American Naturalist, 183:84-95. [pdf]


20. Holman, L., J.S. van Zweden, T.A. Linksvayer and P. d'Ettorre. 2013. Crozier's paradox re-visited: maintenance of genetic kin recognition by disassortative mating. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 13:211. [pdf]

19. Holman, L. and H. Kokko. 2013. The consequences of polyandry for population viability, extinction risk and conservation. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 368: 20120053. [pdf]

18. Holman, L., R. Lanfear and P. d'Ettorre. 2013. The evolution of queen pheromones in the ant genus Lasius. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 26: 1549-1558. [pdf] [Dryad] [F1000 Prime review]

17. Holman, L., C. Leroy, C.G. Jørgensen, J. Nielsen & P. d'Ettorre. 2013. Are queen ants inhibited by their own pheromone? Regulation of productivity via negative feedback. Behavioral Ecology, 24: 380-385. [pdf]

16. Holman, L., T.A. Linksvayer and P. d'Ettorre. 2013. Genetic constraints on dishonesty and caste dimorphism in an ant. American Naturalist, 181: 161-170. [pdf] [Dryad]


15. Chernenko, A., L. Holman, H. Helanterä and L. Sundström. 2012. Cuticular chemistry of males and females in the ant Formica fusca. Journal of Chemical Ecology, 38: 1474-1482. [pdf]

14. Holman, L. 2012. Costs and constraints conspire to produce honest signaling: insights from an ant queen pheromone. Evolution, 66: 2094-2105. [pdf] [Dryad]


13. Holman, L., M. Sturup, K. Trontti and J.J. Boomsma. 2011. Random sperm use and genetic effects on worker caste fate in Atta colombica leaf-cutting ants. Molecular Ecology 20: 5092-5102. [pdf] [Dryad]

12. Boomsma, J.J., M. Beekman, C.K. Cornwallis, A, S. Griffin, L. Holman, W.O.H. Hughes, L. Keller, B. Oldroyd & F.L.W. Ratnieks. 2011. Eusociality evolved in full sib families only. Nature 471: E4-E5. [pdf]

11. Nielsen, M. L. and L. Holman. 2011. Terminal investment in multiple sexual signals: Immune-challenged males produce more attractive pheromones. Functional Ecology 26: 20-28. [pdf]

10. Bos, N., L. Grinsted and L. Holman. 2011. Wax on, wax off: Nest soil facilitates indirect transfer of recognition cues between ant nestmates. PLoS One 6: e19435.


9. Holman, L. 2010. Queen pheromones: The chemical crown governing insect social life. Communicative and Integrative Biology 3: 1-3. [pdf]

8. Holman, L., C.G. Jørgensen, J. Nielsen & P. d'Ettorre. 2010. Identification of an ant queen pheromone regulating worker sterility. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 277: 3793-3800. [pdf]

7. Holman, L., S. Dreier and P. d'Ettorre. 2010. Selfish strategies and honest signalling: reproductive conflicts in ant queen associations. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 277: 2007-2015. [pdf]


6. Holman, L. 2009. Sperm viability staining in ecology and evolution: potential pitfalls. Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology 63:1679-1688. [pdf]

5. Holman, L. 2009. Drosophila melanogaster seminal fluid can protect the sperm of other males. Functional Ecology 23: 180-186. [pdf]


4. Holman, L. and R.R. Snook. 2008. A sterile sperm caste protects brother fertile sperm from female-mediated death in Drosophila pseudoobscura. Current Biology 18: 292-296. [pdf]

3. Holman, L., R.P. Freckleton and R.R. Snook. 2008. What use is an infertile sperm? A comparative test of parasperm function in sperm-heteromorphic Drosophila. Evolution 62: 374-385. [pdf]


2. Holman, L. & R.R. Snook. 2006. Spermicide, cryptic female choice and the evolution of sperm form and function. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 19: 1660-1670. [pdf]

1. Sadd, B. M., L. Holman, H. Armitage, F. Lock, H. Marland and M.T. Siva-Jothy. 2006. Modulation of sexual signalling by immune challenged male mealworm beetles (Tenebrio molitor, L.): evidence for terminal investment and dishonesty. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 19: 321-325. [pdf]

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