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Pablo Valverde

Office: VHF-295
Phone: +49 (0)521 - 106 2802
email: pablo.valverde"at"uni-bielefeld.de


2002-2006 Bachelor in Biology, Universidad de Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica
2008-2010 Licenciatura in Biology, Thesis: "Clave taxonómica ilustrada para los géneros y las especies de avispas eusociales de Costa Rica (Hymenoptera: Vespidae, Polistinae)". Universidad de Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica. (PDF, 11 MByte)
2011-04/2012 Research Assistant at the Aquatic Ecology Group, Universität Duisburg-Essen
since 07/2012 PhD student at the Department of Evolutionary Biology, first adviser: Dr. Holger Schielzeth, second adviser: Prof. Dr. Klaus Reinhold.

Current Project

I am currently working in the effects of condition dependence (environmental and genetic challenges) on the development of different morphological traits (ornaments, body size) and song traits in Gomphocerus sibiricus. On a broader perspective I want to assess and comprehend different aspects of the genetic architecture, G & B matrices, of sexually selected traits on Gomphocerus sibiricus. To achieve these and possible future goals I am combing field work in the Alps with laboratory work in Bielefeld.

Research Interests

I am very interested in the evolution of sexually selected traits, and especially in the conflict and coevolution between the sexes in the development of sexually selected traits. Specifically, I am interested in the evolution of traits that function as signals and on the influence of sexual signals on mate choice. Furthermore, I want to understand the changes in individual fitness when assessed from a senescence perspective. Finally, I am greatly fascinated by social wasps, spiders and birds, with which I have worked in the past and which I look forward to integrate in my research goals.


Valverde, K. & H. Schielzeth (2015) What triggers colour change? Effects of background colour and temperature on the development of an alpine grasshopper. BMC Evolutionary Biology (in press).

Valverde, J.P. & P. Hanson (2011) Parenchyma: a neglected plant tissue in the Cecropia/ant mutualism. Symbiosis 55:47–51 | PDF