Professor of EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY
"Just about everything that I find interesting about animals is due to sexual selection—colours, songs, extravagant ornaments, displays, and, of course, sex"
Research: My research group studies the evolution of reproductive strategies, with emphasis on sexual selection especially sperm competition and the evolution of animal coloration. While birds and fishes are my usual study animals, I am more interested in questions than taxa and we have recently also studied snakes, mammals, and fruit flies.
Teaching: Whatever the subject, my primary goal is to help students explore the wonders of biology (and statistics!), and then, especially, to communicate about what they have learned by writing or public speaking. University is mainly about learning how to learn.
Course Topics: Advanced statistics for biologists (undergraduate and graduate); history and philosophy of biology