Sexual selection, sexual conflict and inter-sexual coevolution are powerful but little understood evolutionary forces, driving some of the most spectacular examples of radiation and exaggeration. My research group is interested in studying mechanisms and the evolutionary ecology implications of sexual selection, at multiple levels: from the structure of socio-sexual networks to the complex interactions between sperm cells, seminal fluid peptides, bacteria and the female reproductive tract. We use the red junglefowl, the wild ancestor of the domestic chicken, as the main experimental system, and we are also open to empirical studies of other organisms, theoretical and comparative approaches.
Qualifications & Experience
BSc Zoology Aberdeen University; PhD Zoology Sheffield University
16 years as University Lecturer/Professor (Leeds, Oxford)
Personal Research Keywords
sexual selection, sexual conflict, social behaviour, mating systems, Gallus