Recent News

13-01-2022

Documentary on sperm and fertility airs on 3sat

10-01-2022

Welcome to our new postdoc Komal Maggu

17-12-2021

Many thanks to the University Research Priority Program 'Evolution in Action' for the Pilot Project Grant

08-10-2021

Paper on sperm depletion published in Evolution and that on alternative reproductive tactics accepted for Behav Ecol

21-09-2021

Congratulations to Jhoniel Perdigón Ferreira for defending his PhD!

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 Zurich
URPP Evolution in Action
Research Talent Development Fund
University of Manchester
National Science Foundation
University of Sheffield
Janggen-Pöhn Foundation