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  • Evolutionary Biology

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Research topics & objectives

Our research interests encompass a wide and diverse array of overlapping topics and approaches, but a unifying theme running through the department is the study of behavioural traits important in pre- and post-copulatory sexual selection.

We study the evolution of these often sex-specific traits with a combination of theoretical, experimental and meta-analytical approaches. For the empirical studies we conduct field and lab experiments, using insects, birds and flatworms as model species. Advanced statistical methods and evidence synthesis complement our research program, which strives to detect and test general concepts in behavioural ecology and evolutionary biology.

Open positions

There are currently no open positions but we invite any prospective PhD or Postdoc researchers interested in working at the Department of Evolutionary Biology to get in touch with us to discuss funding opportunities. In addition, shall you be interested in conducting a project/research module or doing your bachelor/master thesis with us, get in touch with us.

Upcoming Seminars


The next evolution seminar will take place on the 6th of December at 16:15 (online):

 Paula Pappalardo (Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History) will talk about:

"A meta-approach to summarize the quality of reporting and execution in ecological meta-analyses"


The next behaviour and evolution seminar will take place on the 30th of November at 12:15 (online):

Michael V. Westbury (University of Copenhagen) will talk about:

"Arctic marine mammals in a changing environment"

All interested are welcome! Get in touch (email here) for a link to the online view.


Recent publications

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