Evolution and behaviour

The Evolution and Behaviour Group examines the behaviour and evolution of land animals at several levels, from genes to populations. Research on behaviour includes: visual signalling in birds, reptiles and insects; acoustic signalling in birds and amphibians; and chemical signalling in insects. Research in evolutionary biology investigates the evolutionary process that produced the diversity of life we see today. This includes the study of macro-evolutionary patterns of phenotypic diversity, phylogeny and taxonomy; biogeography and patterns of speciation; the origin, structure and maintenance of hybrid zones; sexual selection, including female choice and sperm competition; the evolution of co-operation in birds and invertebrates; and inter-specific relationships.


Mark Elgar

Evolutionary ecology

Xinyue Gu

Molecular entomology, endosymbionts, environmental stress

Luke Holman

Evolutionary ecology

Therésa Jones

Behavioural ecology, Urban Light Pollution and Evolutionary Ecology

Michael Kearney

Physiological ecology, climate change responses, metabolic ecology, insect conservation, grasshopper biology

Kathryn McNamara

Evolutionary ecology

Iliana Medina Guzman

Evolutionary ecology

Raoul Mulder

Behavioural ecology

Karen Rowe

Ecology and conservation using museum collections and acoustics

Perran Stott-Ross

Environmental stress, evolution, entomology and endosymbionts

Devi Stuart-Fox

Evolutionary ecology

Joshua Thia

Population genomics, evolutionary biology, and applied science

Paul Umina

Insect ecology and management

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