We are academics interested in the impact of temperature on the fertility of organisms, and how this may affect their lives, their evolution and ecology, and their conservation in the face of climate change. If you want to join us, please get in touch.

David Berger

Uppsala University

Experimental evolutionary ecologist working on seed beetles and other insects. Studies plastic and genetic responses to environmental stress as well as local (mal)adaptation stemming from sexual selection and mating system variation. Works mainly in the lab applying experimental evolution and quantitative genetic breeding designs.

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Tom Bishop

Cardiff University

I am a field ecologist and biogeographer with a particular interest in the thermal ecology of ants. My research uses extensive elevational and latitudinal gradients to understand how organisms, populations and entire communities respond to changes in their thermal environment. I am particularly interested in taking a traits-based approach and in exploring how traits relevant for thermoregulatory behaviours are distributed across space and time.

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Merel C. Breedveld

University of Padova

I am broadly interested in reproduction and sexual selection. Through my research I’d like to understand whether animals adjust reproductive strategies in response to changing external conditions, to ultimately understand the consequences of environmental change on reproductive success and animal populations. I am currently a Marie Curie fellow in the lab of Clelia Gaparini, working on a project to understand the effects of heatwaves on fertility, sexual selection, reproductive behaviour and transgenerational fitness using the guppy (Poecilia reticulata) as a model system.

Email me: merel.breedveld@unipd.it

Jon Bridle

University College London

I’d like to understand what ecological and genetic factors determine maximum rates of evolution in time and space. Such limits to adaptation determine why species have different (and differently sized) distributions and niche widths, as well as how these distributions are affected by environmental change, particularly habitat loss and climate change.

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Pau Carazo

University of Valencia

I am generally interested in the evolution and function of behaviour, and in the role that behaviour plays as a spearhead of evolutionary change. Currently, my main line of research is on biotic and abiotic factors modulating the intensity of sexual selection and sexual conflict, as well as ensueing eco-evolutionary feedback on population viability. More specifically, one of my main aims is to understand the role of temperature in the above.

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Szymon Drobniak

Jagellonian University, University of New South Wales

I study biological evolution, with particular interest in quantitative genetics, phenotypic plasticity, evolution of colour and colourful signals, and sexual selection. In my work, I use extensively complex statistical tools and multi-level modelling. Apart from empirical studies, I conduct meta-analyses and comparative analyses, synthesising existing evidence and developing new ways of summarizing empirical evidence.

Email me: szymek.drobniak@gmail.com

Regan Early

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Regan Early leads the FABio research group, which studies the distributions of species around the world. Our basic approach is to use patterns in species distributions to understand many aspects of species ecology – climate tolerances, biotic interactions, population dynamics, phenology – and how these will be affected by changes in climate and landscapes. We work at large scales, using computer models to study hundreds of species across countries and continents. We use our research to help guide conservation, evaluating the effectiveness of current and proposed management strategies, and working with social scientists to study how the choices that people make affect how conservation works. 

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Jacintha Ellers

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

I am interested to understand how an individual’s phenotype is shaped by the joint interplay of its genes, genome, and environment. I combine molecular, physiological and experimental tools with evolutionary approaches to link the underlying mechanisms to adaptive explanations.

My research focuses in three major areas:

(1) The evolution of temperature-induced plasticity in ectotherms, including reaction norms for life history traits and tolerance to extreme temperatures. (2) Evolution of trait loss and dependency in ecological interactions. I study the evolutionary trajectories towards obligate species interactions, using different model systems: obligate endosymbiosis in insects, loss of lipogenesis in parasitoid insects, and diet-induced loss of essential metabolic functions.

(3) The role of trait evolution in community ecology: I use a trait-based approach based to understand how the outcome of species interactions and community composition are impacted by global change, including climate warming, urbanization and invasive species.

Email me: j.ellers@vu.nl

Sinead English

University of Bristol

My research investigates how variation in environmental and maternal conditions shapes offspring development, behaviour and life history. I use a variety of approaches, including mathematical models, comparative analyses and empirical tests on unusual and important model systems, including the disease-carrying tsetse fly.

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Clelia Gasparini

University of Padova

I’m interested in sexual selection and, more generally, in reproduction from an evolutionary point of view. My research focuses largely on the processes that happen after the mating, governing gamete-level interactions. Moreover, I’m interested in understanding how environmental factors, such as temperature changes, can affect fertility, and specifically their impact for sexual selection dynamics and on the next generation. For my studies I mostly use fish models, such as guppy and zebrafish.

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Graziella Iossa

University of Lincoln

I am an evolutionary ecologist with broad interests in evolutionary and ecological mechanisms. My focus is on reproduction and the interplay between evolution, behaviour and ecology. I study egg-sperm co-evolution and how this shapes reproductive traits in male and female insects, particularly butterflies and moths. I also investigate how fertility is affected by temperature in the laboratory, and want to expand this work to nature, particularly microclimatic effects at the individual and population level.  

My website https://graziellaiossa.weebly.com/

Email me: giossa@lincoln.ac.uk

Torsten Nygaard Kristensen

Aalborg University

Main interest areas: conservation genetics, genetics of complex traits, evolutionary biology, ecophysiology.

Examples of my work: 1) Genetic studies on endangered populations –describing and providing tools for rescue 2) Using model species to understand the genetic background for human diseases and response to treatment 3) Studies on adaptation to stressful environmental conditions – physiological mechanisms and evolution 4) Population genetic studies investigating e.g. impacts of evolutionary forces on the genetic composition and fitness of populations

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Malgorzata (Losia) Lagisz

University of New South Wales

I am a biologist with research experience and skills in different fields of science. In my research I address biological questions using research synthesis on data from model organisms and other systems. My work includes meta-analyses of maternal effects, aspects of ageing, evolution and differences between the sexes. I also contribute to methodological works addressing widespread issues in meta-analysis, such as non-independence, allometric scaling, heterogeneity, data sharing, reporting quality and research synthesis guidelines, leading to improved scientific practice.

Email me: m.lagisz@unsw.edu.au

Lesley Lancaster

University of Aberdeen

Lesley’s research focuses on understanding evolution of ecological niche traits in ectotherms (primarily insects and plants). Using a combination of fieldwork, experimental evolution, and data synthesis, her group seeks to uncover how adaptive and neutral processes interact to drive changes (or stasis) in the ecological niche through space and time.

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Stefan Lüpold

University of Zurich

I study reproductive evolution from large-scale macroevolutionary patterns to a more detailed mechanistic understanding in insect model systems. I am particularly interested in the interactions between individuals and their dynamic social and multivariate environmental context. Currently, we are also focusing on the microbiome as a potential mediator of environmental effects (e.g., diet, temperature, environmental toxins) on insect reproductive performance.

Email me: stefan.luepold@ieu.uzh.ch

Erin Macartney

University of New South Wales

I am currently a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at UNSW working in the Inter-Disciplinary Ecology and Evolution Lab (I-DEEL) with Prof Shinichi Nakagawa. I combine empirical research and quantitative literature syntheses such as meta-analyses to address a broad range of questions within evolutionary ecology and environmental science. I am especially interested in life-history theory and reproductive investment strategies, phenotypic plasticity, and non-genetic inheritance. I am also becoming a more active member in helping improve reproducibility in ecology and evolution.   

Email me: e.macartney@unsw.edu.au

Margarida Matos

University of Lisbon

Margarida Matos’ research uses Experimental evolution as tool and Drosophila subobscura as model organism. The main goal of her research is the analysis of the evolution to novel
environments of populations founded from contrasting latitudes, to understand the role of
History and Selection during Adaptation. This is approached by analyzing real time laboratory evolution of Drosophila subobscura populations founded from contrasting latitudes. The goal of the main ongoing project, ADAPTCLIMWARM (PI: Pedro Simões; Co-PI M. Matos; Hired Researcher Marta Santos) is to understand the evolutionary potential and genetic basis of thermal adaptation across biological levels (from inversions, transcriptomics, genomics, to physiology and life history traits), when different thermal regimes are imposed on such populations.

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Abhishek Meena

University of Zurich

I am a Ph.D. student working under Prof. Dr. Stefan Lüpold in the Department of Evolutionary Biology & Environmental Studies at the University of Zurich. I am interested in how sex-specific life-history strategies and fitness (such as reproductive performance) respond to interactions between environmental factors, including heat stress due to climate change.

Email me: abhishek.meena@ieu.uzh.ch

Shinichi Nakagawa

University of New South Wales

My research interests are very diverse but usually fall into three categories: 1) Animal Behaviour, 2) Evolutionary Biology and 3) Applied Statistics. My main model organisms have primarily been birds (sparrows, dunnocks  and penguins), but I have also worked with earthworms, amphipods, frogs and fish (to be honest, I prefer eating, rather than studying, the last model system). Currently, my main experimental model is zebrafish in collaboration with Dr Dan Hesselson at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research.

Email me: s.nakagawa@unsw.edu.au

Daniel Noble

Australian National University

Dan is an evolutionary ecologist at The Australian National University. His research combines meta-analysis with experiments to explore how thermal developmental environments shape physiology, life-history and fitness in wide-ranging environments.

Email me: daniel.noble@anu.edu.au

Jonathan Parrett

Adam Mickiewicz University 

My main research interests are related to understanding the effect of sexual selection on population fitness, adaptation and extinction, particularly during environmental stress. The main approach of my current research is experimental evolution in laboratory systems, specifically using mites, in which I investigate the role sexual selection and sexually selected traits may have at the population, individual and gene level. Moreover, a lot of my research is focused on how these outcomes are influenced by thermal stress.

Email me: jonathan.parrett@amu.edu.pl

Patrice Pottier

University of New South Wales

Patrice is an evolutionary ecologist at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. His is currently interested in using meta-analyses and empirical studies to investigate the importance and limits of thermal plasticity in changing environments

Email me: p.pottier@unsw.edu.au

Steve Ramm

Université de Rennes

I’m an evolutionary biologist studying traits linked to fertility such as spermatogenesis, seminal fluid and self-fertilization, mainly using simultaneously hermaphroditic flatworms (and the occasional bushcricket). I am especially interested in linking molecular and organismal perspectives on adaptive evolution and plasticity, driven by both biotic and abiotic environmental factors.

Email me: steven.ramm@univ-rennes.fr

Melissah Rowe

Netherlands Institute of Ecology

My research is directed towards understanding how ecology and evolution shape reproductive biology and behaviour and the consequences of variation in sexual traits for fitness. I am particularly interested in understanding factors that impact sperm quality and drive variation in fertility in passerine birds. Currently, this work is focused on examining the impact of environmental factors (e.g. temperature, diet) and microbes (reproductive microbiomes).

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Inon Scharf

Tel Aviv University

I study the behavior and ecology of (mostly) insects. My lab engages with various questions, such as what the optimal way to obtain food is, when an insect should reproduce, how to balance conflicting energetic demands, such as feeding and reproduction, and how stress affects animal performance. We mostly conduct controlled lab experiments but nevertheless also work in the natural habitat of the studied animals. My current research focuses on three main themes: (1) Learning in desert ants in the context of foraging; (2) thermal ecology of flour beetles and especially the effect of stressful temperatures on their performance; and (3) habitat use of sand-dwelling animals, such as antlions, wormlions, and desert vipers.

Email me: scharfi@tauex.tau.ac.il

Mads Schou

University of Lund

The central theme of my work is how the remarkable diversity (or equally remarkable similarity) among individuals in a species evolves as consequence of environmental stress. Currently my work is focused on 1) the role of heat vs cold trade-offs in constraining thermal adaptation and 2) how cooperation among individuals evolves to overcome individual limitations in coping with stressful environments.

Email me: mads.schou@biol.lu.se

Eva Schultner

University of Regensburg

I study evolutionary biology because I want to understand how interactions between organisms and their natural environment shape trait evolution. Using ants as models, I address questions about behavior, development and genetics, taking into consideration both the ants themselves and their microbial symbionts.

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Lisa Schwanz

University of New South Wales

My research asks: How do animals respond to change? In more scientific terms, research in my lab focuses on the evolution and ecology of phenotypic plasticity – when traits change as a function of the environment. When is plasticity adaptive, how does it evolve in different environments, and does it allow populations to track or adapt to changing conditions? I employ theoretical and empirical approaches to explore these questions, and mostly focus on vertebrate study organisms. My main research foci are temperature-dependent sex determination, parental effects, thermal biology, and sex allocation in mammals.

Email me: l.schwanz@unsw.edu.au

Pedro Simões

University of Lisbon

I am interested in understanding the patterns of adaptation to global warming at (1) phenotypic level, including fecundity, productivity, thermal tolerance, and gene expression changes, as well as (2) addressing genomic patterns of variation and differentiation. I use experimental evolution as a tool and Drosophila subobscura as my organism of study.

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Cristina Tuni

University of Turin

II investigate the behavioral ecology of spiders and insects within an evolutionary framework and with a particular focus on sexual selection. Experimental laboratory approaches allow me to study male reproductive traits, ranging from mating behavior (nuptial gifts in spiders, fighting and singing in field crickets) to morphology and sperm, with the aim of understanding complex male phenotypes and their responses to changing environments. Through field studies, I aim at addressing the ecological factors, biotic and abiotic, that may ultimately affect male mating strategies, to advance our understanding of sexual selection in natural populations.

Email me: cristina.tuni@unito.it

Ram Vasudeva

University of East Anglia

II am an Evolutionary ecologist with broad interests in the evolution of reproduction and reproductive traits. Using experimentally evolving insect models, I study the interaction between temperature and reproduction, sex-specific fitness consequences, phenotypic adaptations and its population-level effects using an evolutionary framework. My current work focuses on male-specific infertility in response to heat stress in the red flour beetle, Tribolium castaneum. I am also interested in the role of sexual selection in the rapid evolution of primary reproductive traits.

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Joachim Wistuba

University of Münster

Working on reproductive biology, my interests are evolutionary processes shaping (mainly the male) germ line in terms of spermatogonial stem cell competition and spermatogenic processes. These are definitely impacted by external/abiotic factors, making them also a potential target for environmental changes.

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Z. Valentina Zizzari

VU University of Amsterdam

My research background encompasses sexual selection, sex pheromone communication, reproductive morphology, and adaptation to rapid environmental changes. I am fascinated by the variety of animal reproductive modes. Much of my work focuses on systems displaying “less conventional” modes of reproduction, such as indirect sperm transfer, parthenogenesis, as well as systems having both sexes within the same organism. Currently, my research is mainly aimed at the investigation of the consequences of thermal stress on animal communication and reproductive success.

Email me: z.v.zizzari@vu.nl