Recent News

31-05-2018

Welcome to Nitin Bansal, who joined our group for the summer as a visiting student from IISER Mohali, India

19-12-2017

Jhoniel Perdigón Ferreira is awarded a GRC travel grant for fieldwork on Drosophila prolongata

18-10-2017

Three new articles were just published online in Evolution, Functional Ecology, and TREE

15-09-2017

Valérian Zeender returns to the group after a few months abroad, now starting his PhD

01-09-2017

Rassim Khelifa and Hayat Mahdjoub join our team as postdocs (Hayat co-mentored by Wolf Blanckenhorn)

Our research

Our research centers around understanding the evolution and functional significance of mating behaviour and of traits under pre- or postmating sexual selection. We use comparative, experimental and molecular approaches in different groups of species. For more information see our Research page.

Drosophila

Fruit flies

Processes of postcopulatory sexual selection in Drosophila

Photo credit: Stefan Lüpold

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Frogs

Frogs

Intra- and interspecific variation in reproductive investments and trade-offs

Photo credit: Stefan Lüpold

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Mammals

Mammals

Reproductive investments, ejaculate evolution and trade-offs

Photo credit: Diego Torres

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Birds

Evolution of sperm and testis morphology

Photo credit: Alan D. Wilson

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Sperm gigantism

Evolution of extreme phenotypes

Photo credit: Romano Dallai

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Spermatogenesis

Evolution of testicular function; costs of sperm production

Photo credit: Stefan Lüpold

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Sexual traits

Function and evolution of ornaments and armaments

Photo credit: Stefan Lüpold

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Sperm morphology

Evolution of sperm form and function; ejaculate investments

Photo credit: Stefan Lüpold

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Our Funding

Financial support for our past and current work has been provided primarily by the following institutions:

Swiss National Science Foundation
University of Sheffield
Janggen-Pöhn Foundation
National Science Foundation
University of Manchester
University of Zurich
Research Talent Development Fund