Research Group Space

Research lines

  • Evolvability of fitness, sexual and reproductive traits

    Quantitative genetics. Evolutionary genetics. Heritability. Genetic variance. Genetic diversity. Maintenance of genetic variation. Fertilization success. Life-history. Trade-offs. Experimental design. Theory and applications.

  • Experimental evolution

    Adaptation. Response to selection. Correlated evolution. Insects. Onthophagus taurus. Callosobruchus maculatus.

  • Sexual conflict

    Sexual conflict over mating rates and paternity outcomes. Sexually antagonistic selection. Costs of reproduction. Costs of mating. Indirect costs. Drosophila melanogaster. Callosobruchus maculatus.

  • Sexual selection

    Evolutionary biology. Behavioural Ecology. Pre- and post-copulatory sexual selection. Female choice, sperm competition, cryptic female choice. Direct costs versus indirect benefits. Determinants of paternity. Paternity bias. Fertilization and paternity success. Reproductive success. Model systems: Insects (crickets, beetles, fruit flies), sea urchins (Heliocidaris erythrogramma), mussels (Mytilus galloprovincialis).

  • The evolution of polyandry (female multiple mating)

    Mating frequency. Genetic benefits. Bet-hedging. Post-copulatory sexually selected processes. Conservation biology. Embryo viability. Insects and other invertebrates. Teleogryllus oceanicus. Heliocidaris erythrogramma. Drosophila melanogaster. Callosobruchus maculatus.

  • Transgenerational effects

    Indirect genetic effects. Maternal effects. Paternal effects. Interacting phenotypes. Indirect costs. Teleogryllus oceanicus. Onthophagus taurus. Drosophila melanogaster. Callosobruchus maculatus.