To successfully reproduce, animals often compete with rivals for access to mates and carefully choose their mating partners. Our research uses experimental and comparative approaches to study evolutionary responses to sexual competition and choice.


Sexual competition and mate choice

Competition for mates and mate choice – both before and after mating - are critical for producing offspring. We study the interplay between sexual competition and mate choice before and after mating using a range of model species, both in the lab and in the field.

Principal Investigators: John Fitzpatrick
Contributing Researchers: Alessandro Devigili, Ariel KahrlCharel Reuland, Amy Rowley


Cognition and mate choice

The mechanisms generating variation in sexual behaviour remain an open question. Our research uses an experimental approach to bridge the gap between micro- and macro-evolutionary mechanisms concerning the link between brain and sexual behavior.

Principal Investigators: Niclas Kolm
Contributing Researchers: Alberto Corral López


Comparative analyses of reproductive behaviours

Comparative analyses allow researchers to examine broad evolutionary patterns to understand how and when behaviours evolved. We use variation in reproductive behaviours across different species of fishes, insects, mammals, and amphibians to study how morphological traits and behaviors evolve at the macroevolutionary scale.

Principal Investigators: John Fitzpatrick, Niclas Kolm, Alejandro Gonzalez Voyer
Contributing Researchers: Ariel Kahrl, Amy Rowley