Organisms exhibit remarkable diversity in how they grow, survive, reproduce and die. Understanding the behavioural and physiological strategies they use, how these strategies have evolved, and how they respond to changing social and environmental conditions is key to understanding and preserving this biodiversity, both now and in the future.
Sexual selection is the process whereby individuals of either sex compete to reproduce. Within this topic, we investigate how (and why) animals signal (visually, acoustically, and chemically) to prospective mates, how these signals evolved, and how individuals compete for access to reproduction both before and after mating.
What drives the evolution of reproductive traits in animals and plants? We investigate the mechanisms males and females use to maximise their reproductive fitness, their adaptations to different environments, and plasticity in the face of climate change.
Lifespan varies widely in nature, with some organisms adopting a ‘live fast, die young’ strategy, while others live for thousands of years. Even within a lifespan, the success with which organisms reproduce and repair themselves declines with age, known as senescence. But what controls how organisms age? We study this both experimentally within model organisms, and computationally across the tree of life.
Dr Sheena Cotter – Eco-immunology, nutritional ecology, host-parasite interactions, insect ecology
Dr Charles Deeming – Avian and reptilian reproduction
Dr Jenny Dunn – Host-parasite interactions and parasite transmission in wildlife
Dr Paul Eady – Behavioural ecology
Dr Elisa Frasnelli – Animal behaviour and cognition
Dr Adrian Goodman – Plant biomechanics
Dr Graziella Iossa – Behavioural and evolutionary ecology, antimicrobial resistance in the environment, ecosystems and human health
Dr Tom Pike – Sensory and behavioural ecology
Professor Fernando Montealegre-Z – Sensory biology, biomechanics of sound production and hearing in insects
Dr Teresa Romero – Animal behaviour, cognition and welfare
Dr Marcello Ruta – Analytical evolutionary palaeobiology
Dr Carl Soulsbury – Behavioural ecology and evolutionary biology
Dr Iain Stott – Computational ecology
Dr Sandra Varga – Plant and soil ecology
Prof Dave Wilkinson – Ecology, evolution, archaeology and Earth System Science
Miss Jess Dobson - MSc by Research (Soulsbury)
Miss Emily Williams - MSc by Research (Soulsbury)