Selected Publications

Selected Publications

M.J. Wade and S.E. Sultan (2023) Niche construction and the environmental term of the price equation: How natural selection changes when organisms alter their environments. Evolution & Development 25: 451-469  

S. Earley, N. Feiner, M. F. Alvarez, J. D. Coolon and S. E. Sultan (2023) The relative impact of parental and current environment on plant transcriptomes depends on type of stress and genotype. Proceedings of the Royal Society (B) 290: 20230824

E.C. Woods and S.E. Sultan (2022) Post-introduction evolution of a rapid life-history strategy in a newly invasive plant. Ecology 103: e3803

S. E. Sultan, D. Walsh and A. P. Moczek (2022) Bridging the explanatory gaps: What can we learn from a biological agency perspective. BioEssays 44: 2100185

S. E. Sultan, A.P. Moczek and D. Walsh (2021). Bridging the explanatory gaps: What can we learn from a biological agency perspective?BioEssays 43: p.2100185. 

R. Waterman and S.E. Sultan (2021). Transgenerational effects of parent plant competition on offspring development in contrasting conditionsEcology 102:  e03531 

S.E. Sultan (2021) Plasticity as an intrinsic property of organisms. Chapter One (pp. 3–24) in Phenotypic Plasticity and Evolution: Causes, Consequences, Controversies (ed. D. Pfennig) CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida (Open Access). 

I. Adrian-Kalchhauser, S. E. Sultan, L. Shama, H Spence-Jones, S. Tiso, C.I.V. Keller, and F. J. Weissing (2020). Understanding ‘non-genetic’ inheritance: Insights from molecular-evolutionary crosstalk. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 35: 1078-1089. 

S. E. Sultan (2019) Genotype-environment interaction and the unscripted reaction norm. Cause and Process in Evolution (eds. T. Uller and K. Laland), MIT Press, Vienna Series in Theoretical BiologyContact via email to request a copy. 

B.H. Baker, S. E. Sultan, M Lopez-Ichikawa, and R Waterman. (2019) Transgenerational effects of parental light environment on progeny competitive performance and lifetime fitness. Phil. Trans Roy. Soc (B): 20180182. (theme issue, Plasticity and Adaptation to Rapid Environmental Change, ed J Donelson et al.)

B.H. Baker, L. J. Berg, and S. E. Sultan. (2018). Context-dependent developmental effects of parental shade versus sun are mediated by DNA methylation. Frontiers in Evolution and Ecology/ Frontiers in Plant Science 9:1251 (special theme on Ecological Epigenetics).

S. E. Sultan (2017) Eco-evo-devo. Invited chapter in Evolutionary Developmental Biology– A Reference Guide (eds. L. De la Rosa and Gerd Müller). Springer Publications.

S. E. Sultan (2017) Developmental plasticity: re-conceiving the genotype. Royal Society Interface Focus 7: 20170009.

R. I Colautti, J. M. Alexander, K. M. Dlugosch, S. R. Keller and S. E. Sultan (2017) Invasions and extinctions through the looking glass of evolutionary ecology. Phil. Trans. Royal Society (B) 372: 20160031. (Theme issue on Human Influences on Evolution, ed. Andrew Hendry).

J. J. Herman and Sonia E. Sultan (2016) DNA methylation mediates genetic variation for adaptive transgenerational plasticity. Proceedings Royal. Soc. (B) 283: 20160988.

Tim Horgan-Kobelski, Silvia Matesanz, and Sonia E. Sultan (2016) Limits to future adaptation in the invasive plant Polygonum cespitosum: expression of functional and fitness traits at elevated CO2Journal of Heredity 107: 42-50.

Corliss CT, Sultan SE (2016) Evolutionary potential for increased invasiveness: High-Performance Polygonum cespitosum genotypes are competitively superior in full sun. Am J Bot 103: 348-354.

Sultan SE, Matesanz S (2015) An ideal weed: plasticity and invasiveness in Polygonum cespitosum. Ann N Y Acad Sci 1360: 101-119.

Matesanz S, Horgan-Kobelski T, Sultan SE (2015) Evidence for rapid ecological range expansion in a newly invasive plant. AoB Plants 7.

Herman JJ, Spencer HG, Donohue K, Sultan SE (2014) How stable ‘should’ epigenetic modifications be? Insights from adaptive plasticity and bet hedging. Evolution 68: 632-643.

Matesanz S, Horgan-Kobelski T, Sultan SE (2014) Contrasting levels of evolutionary potential in populations of the invasive plant Polygonum cespitosum. Biological Invasions 16: 455-468.

Matesanz S, Sultan SE (2013) High-performance genotypes in an introduced plant: insights to future invasiveness. Ecology 94: 2464-2474.

Sultan SE, Horgan-Kobelski T, Nichols LM, Riggs CE, Waples RK (2013) A resurrection study reveals rapid adaptive evolution within populations of an invasive plant. Evol Appl 6: 266-278.

Herman JJ, Sultan SE, Horgan-Kobelski T, Riggs C (2012) Adaptive transgenerational plasticity in an annual plant: grandparental and parental drought stress enhance performance of seedlings in dry soil. Integr Comp Biol 52: 77-88.

Matesanz S, Horgan-Kobelski T, Sultan SE (2012) Phenotypic plasticity and population differentiation in an ongoing species invasion. PLoS One 7: e44955.

Griffith, T. and Sultan, S.E. (2012)  Field-based insights to the evolution of specialization: plasticity and fitness across habitats in a specialist/generalist species pair. Ecology and Evolution 2(4).

Herman, J. and Sultan S.E. (2011) Adaptive transgenerational plasticity in plants: Case studies, mechanisms, and implications for natural populations. (Invited review for special issue on Heritable Response to Stress, ed. Igor Kovalchuk). Frontiers in Plant Genetics and Genomics 2: 102

Moczek, A.P., Sultan, S.E., Foster, S., Ledon-Rettig, C., Dworkin, I., Nijhout, H.F., Abouheif, E., and Pfennig, D.W. (2011) The role of developmental plasticity in evolutionary innovation. Proc. R. Soc. B 278: 2705-2713.

S.E. Sultan (2010) Plant Developmental Responses to the Environment: Eco-Devo Insights. Current Opinion in Plant Biology 13: 96-101.

S. E. Sultan, K. Barton and A. Wilczek. (2009) Contrasting patterns of trans-generational plasticity in ecologically distinct congeners. Ecology 90: 1831-39.

Sultan, S.E. (2007) Development in context: the timely emergence of eco-devo.  Invited Opinion article, Trends in Ecology  and Evolution 22(11): 575-582.

Griffith, T. and S. E. Sultan (2006) Plastic and constant developmental traits contribute to adaptive differences in co-occurring Polygonum species. Oikos 114: 5-14.

Miner, B.G., S. E. Sultan, S. G. Morgan, D. K. Padilla, and R. A. Relyea (2005) Ecological consequences of phenotypic plasticity. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 20: 685-690.

Sultan, S.E. and  S. C. Stearns (2005) Environmentally contingent variation: phenotypic plasticity and norms of reaction. Chapter 14 (pp. 303-332) in Variation: A Central Concept in Biology (eds. Brian Hall & Benedikt Hallgrimsson), Elsevier Academic Press.

Griffith, T. and Sultan, S.E. (2005) Shade tolerance plasticity in response to neutral versus green shade cues in Polygonum species of contrasting ecological breadth. New Phytologist, 166: 141-148.

Lundgren, M.R. and Sultan, S.E. (2005) Seedling expression of cross-generational plasticity depends on reproductive architectureAmerican Journal of Botany 92(2): 377-381.

Heschel, M.S., Sultan, S.E., Glover, S.  and Sloan, D. (2004).  Population differentiation and plastic responses to drought stress in the generalist annual Polygonum persicaria. Int. J. Plant Sci. 165(5): 817-824.

Bateson, P., Barker, D., Gluckman, P., Kirkwood, T., Sultan, S.E., et al. (2004) The double-edged sword of developmental plasticity: implications for human health and disease. Nature 430: 419-22.

Sultan, S.E. (2004) Promising directions in plant phenotypic plasticity. Invited review, Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 6: 227-23.

Sultan, S. E. (2003) Phenotypic plasticity in plants: A case study in ecological developmentEvolution & Development 5:25-33 (Special Issue, Ecological Developmental Biology 2002 SICB Symposium).

Sultan, S. E. (2003) The promise of ecological developmental biology. Invited commentary article, Molecular and Developmental Evolution 296B: 1-7.

Sultan, S.E. and Spencer, H.G. (2002) Metapopulation structure favors plasticity over local adaptationThe American Naturalist 160(2): 271-283.

Sultan, S.E. (2001) Phenotypic plasticity for fitness components in Polygonum species of contrasting ecological breadthEcology 82(2): 328-343.

Sultan, S.E. (2000) Phenotypic plasticity for plant development, function, and life-history. Trends in Plants Science 5(12): 537-542.

Ackerly, D.D., Dudley, S., Sultan, S.E., Schmitt, J., Coleman, J.S., Linder, R., Sandquist, D., Geber, M.A., Evans, A.S., Dawson, T.E., and Lechowicz, M. (2000) The evolution of plant ecophysiological traits: recent advances and future directions. BioScience 59(11): 979-995.

Bell, D.L. and Sultan, S.E. (1999) Dynamic phenotypic plasticity for root growth in Polygonum: A comparative study. American Journal of Botany 86(6): 807-819.

Sultan, S.E., Wilczek, A.M., Bell, D.L. and Hand, G.. (1998) Physiological response to complex environments in annual Polygonum species of contrasting ecological breadth. Oecologia 115: 564-578.

Sultan, S.E., Wilczek, A.M., Hann, S.D., and Brosi, B.J. (1998) Contrasting ecological breadth of co-occurring Polygonum species. Journal of Ecology 86: 363-383.

Sultan, S.E. (1996) Phenotypic plasticity for offspring traits in Polygonum persicaria. Ecology 77: 1791-1807.

Sultan, S.E. (1995) Phenotypic plasticity and plant adaptation. Acta Botanica Neerlandica 44: 363-383 (Special Jubilee Symposium Volume).

Sultan, S.E., and Bazzaz, F.A. (1993a) Phenotypic plasticity in Polygonum persicaria. I. Diversity and uniformity in genotypic norms of reaction to light. Evolution 47: 1009-1031.

Sultan, S.E., and Bazzaz, F.A. (1993b) Phenotypic plasticity in Polygonum persicaria. II. Norms of reaction to soil moisture and the maintenance of genetic diversity. Evolution 47: 1032-1049.

Sultan, S.E., and Bazzaz, F.A. (1993c) Phenotypic plasticity in Polygonum persicaria. III. The evolution of ecological breadth for nutrient environment. Evolution 47: 1050-1071