We are interested in addressing fundamental questions in evolution, genetics and behaviour. Broadly, our research deals with:
The evolution, genetics and behavioural ecology of visual signals
Sexual selection and sexual conflict
Predicting adaptive potential and evolutionary trajectories in both wild and captive populations
The evolutionary dynamics of host-endosymbiont interactions
A general theme of the lab is to exploit the novel and often exciting empirical opportunities presented by non-model study species. We are not limited to particular taxonomic groups, but have tended to mainly use insects due to their lab tractability for evolutionary genetics. The astounding biological diversity of this group also presents intriguing possibilities for testing novel hypotheses and for novel approaches to existing hypotheses. Current projects are underway using butterflies, flies and spiders, as well as more conventional model vertebrate species such as guppies.