Recent News

24-04-2020

A new paper linking anuran brain evolution to intrasexual selection out now in American Naturalist

02-03-2020

A series of short interviews on spring awakening (think animal sex) on Swiss radio neo1 (in Swiss German)

24-02-2020

A new paper on the reproductive consequences of pesticides for non-target species published in Chemosphere

04-11-2019

Welcome to our new Master's student Florin Allmendinger

01-09-2019

Welcome to Tyler Figueira, our new Master's student from Hawaii

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